Sojourner Truth

Isabella's Length

Sojouner Truth, beginning

1797

Born around 1797 as Isabella in Ulster County, New York. The youngest (or second youngest) of 12 to 13 children to slaves James and Elizabeth.

Sold Separation

1810

In 1810, Isabella was sold to John Dumont, being separated from her parents.

Broken Promise

1826 - 1827

Around July 4th, 1827, Isabella would receive her release papers. But she and Dumont made a agreement she'd haven them 1 year early if she was "faithful" and did a specific amount of work. Although, despite keeping her end of the deal with a diseased hand, Dumont refused to give Isabella the papers.

Truth's Time

Brith of Sojourner Truth

1843

Sometime in 1843, Isabella hears voices instructing her to be "an instrument of God", whose mission was to "sojourn the land and speak (of) God's truth." From that, she renames herself "Sojourner Truth" and went on her quest.

Slavery Opposition

1850

Sojourner Truth speaks off with Frederick Douglass at a abolitionist rally regarding the Fugitive Slave Clause.

She also operates out of Salem, using the "Anti-Slavery Bugle" office as her headquarters.

"Ain't I a Woman?"

1851

Truth delivers her "Aren't I a Woman?" speech at the Ohio Women's Rights convention.

Battle Creek

1857

Truth permanently moves to Battle Creek, Michigan, continuing her struggle for women rights' and abolishing slavery.

Reputation Increase

1863

Sojourners' national acceptance and popularity, outside progressive circles, were greatly increased by Harriet Beecher Stowe's publication of their meeting in 1853 titled "The Libyan Sibyl."

Sojourners End

1883

Sojourner Truth dies at her home in Battle Creek on November 26th, 1883, buried along with her family in the towns Oak Hill Cemetery (biography.com).