Stock Photo Description: Stock photo of the Sojourner Truth statue in a park in Northampton MA. Sojourner Truth was a former slave who became a nationally known advocate for equality and justice. She came to Northampton in 1843 to live at a utopian community in the community of Florence. Born a slave in upstate New York in approximately 1797, she labored for a succession of five masters until July 4, 1827, when slavery was finally abolished in New York State. Then Isabella - as she had been named at birth - became legally free. Truth was encouraged by friends to go to the Northampton Association, which had been founded in 1841 as a cooperative community dedicated to abolitionism, pacifism, equality and the betterment of human life. There, she met progressive thinkers like William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass as well as local abolitionists. Douglass described her as 'a strange compound of wit and wisdom, of wild enthusiasm and flintlike common sense.' She is particularly remembered for the famous 'Ain't I A Woman?' speech she gave at the woman's rights convention in Akron OH in 1851. This statue of Sojourner by sculptor Thomas Jay Warren overlooks the Sojourner Truth Memorial site at the corner of Pine and Park Streets in Florence, near her former home.
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Stock Photo of the Sojourner Truth Statue, Northampton Mass.