In 1983, Sojourner Truth was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1983.
Almost 100 years before Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth also fought for the right to ride the streetcars in Washington, DC and won.
During the time she spent with the Van Wagenens, she underwent a religious experience that began her transformation to becoming Sojourner Truth.
In 1850, she decided to tell her story to Olive Gilbert, a member of the Northhampton Association, and it was published privately by William Lloyd Garrison as Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave.
Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree, c. 1797 to November 26, 1883) was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist best-known for her speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention.
Sojourner Truth's given name was Isabella Baumfree. She was born a slave in Ulster County, New York. She became free in 1828 under a New York law that banned slavery. She was a deeply religious woman who believed that she was on a holy mission against slavery. She took the name Sojourner Truth which means "traveler."
Timeline Description: Sojourner Truth was born a slave but she escaped slavery in 1826. She became a supporter of both women's rights and abolition, or the fight to end slavery. At a women's rights convention in Ohio in 1851, she gave one of her most famous speeches, called "Ain't I a Woman."