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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sojouner Truth

On this day in 1883, the abolitionist and woman's rights advocate, Sojouner Truth, passed away. She was about 86 years old--the exact date of her birth is unknown, but probably occurred about 1797.

Her long life was marred by slavery and abuse, but it also had its triumphs. It is a difficult enough story for adults to read, but imagine trying to relate the circumstances of her life to children. Surprisingly, we have three highly-illustrated biographies in our children's room collection [J B TRU]!

Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride.

Rockwell, Anne F. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth.

About an hour and a half drive from here, in Florence, MA, is one of the homes where Truth lived, and where a statue has been erected in her memory. Here is a short video about the site:

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