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: