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Sojourner Truth (about 1797 – November 26, 1883) was one of the first abolitionists and speakers for women's rights. She was born as a slave, but escaped from slavery in 1826. She was born Isabella Baumfree, but renamed herself to 'Sojourner Truth' when she was 46.[1]

She lectured widely on the cruelties she had experienced as a slave. She is best known for her "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, given at the Woman's Rights Convention of 1851. She also gave out speeches about abolishing slavery.

Sojourner was the first African American to win a trial against a white man. This trial was about getting her son Peter back. This was a great accomplishment for African Americans.


  1. "Amazing Life page". Sojourner Truth Institute site. Retrieved December 28, 2006.