Sojourner Truth Honored

First Lady Honors Abolitionist Sojourner Truth

Ann Sanner / Associated Press

Washington — First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday reflected on her own family’s rise from slavery to the White House as she helped to unveil a statue of abolitionist Sojourner Truth — the first black woman to be so honored at the Capitol.

“I hope that Sojourner Truth would be proud to see me, a descendant of slaves, serving as the first lady of the United States of America,” Mrs. Obama said to loud applause at a ceremony at the Capitol Visitor Center.

Partial Article Source: Detroit News

Sojourner Truth Biography at Wikipedia.

From Women in History:

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place, and ain’t I a woman? … I have plowed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me — and ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man (when I could get it), and bear the lash as well — and ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me — and ain’t I woman?”   Sojourner Truth

FAMILY BACKGROUND:  Sojourner Truth was born in 1797 on the Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh estate in Swartekill, in Ulster County, a Dutch settlement in upstate New York. Her given name was Isabella Baumfree (also spelled Bomefree). She was one of 13 children born to Elizabeth and James Baumfree, also slaves on the Hardenbergh plantation. She spoke only Dutch until she was sold from her family around the age of nine. Because of the cruel treatment she suffered at the hands of a later master, she learned to speak English quickly, but had a Dutch accent for the rest of her life.

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About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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6 Responses to Sojourner Truth Honored

  1. Sheldon says:

    Wonderful story (and thanks for posting) – We would not have seen this magnificent unveiling in the Bush Administration, "eh" (as they say in Canada) –

  2. C. Rae White says:

    Ain’t I a woman? yes indeed she and Mrs. Obama certainly are. Beautiful.

  3. C. Rae White says:

    I’m so proud! Our historic heros and sheros deserve double accolades because of what our people had to endure during slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights struggles. Sojourner Truth what a gifted, strong and dynamic woman.

  4. chocolate_matters says:

    Heroes and Shereos…go C. Rae!!! Are you watching the news conference right now? I watching it on NBC news of course…darn fox-lol!!!

  5. Sheldon says:

    C. Rae – She was Young, Gifted, & Black !!

  6. C. Rae White says:

    A-MEN!

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