If you don’t know much about Sojourner Truth, then this is the woman you need to know. We often give great women like Oprah Winfrey credit for overcoming their obstacles, but most of us can’t hold a candle to one of the great black pioneers who paved the way for the freedom that we are able to enjoy today.
Here are a few things you should know about the woman who inspires us all:
- Truth was born as Isabella Baumfree and later changed her name to Sojourner Truth.
- Truth was born into slavery on November 26, 1797, but later escaped with her daughter in 1826
- Truth is known as the first black woman to win a case against a white man after going to court to get her son back.
- Truth worked as a recruiter for the union Army. She is known as a civil rights leader, as well as an activist.
- Truth went by the nickname Belle
- When Truth was nine years old, she was sold to John Neely for a flock of sheep costing $100.
- Truth had the ability to speak Dutch
- Truth fell in love with a former slave name Robert. He was killed because of their relationship.
- She had five children but was only able to escape with daughter Sophia.
- She became a Christian in 1829 after moving to New York City with her son Peter.
- In 1840, Truth said this was the last time she had heard from her son after he took a job on a whaling ship called the “Zone of Nantucket