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Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and a feminist during the 19th century.  Her birth name was Isabella Baumfree and she was born into slavery in Ulster County NY around 1797 and was first sold away from her family at the age of 9. Truth was the mother of 5 children and escaped from slavery with her youngest infant daughter in 1826. She went to court in 1828 and fought to get back her son who had been illegally sold to an owner in Alabama. She was the first black women to go to court against a white man and win the case.  

In 1853 she officially changed her name to Sojourner Truth, Sojourner means traveler, translated as a traveler that preaches her truth.  Truth traveled around the country sharing stories and preaching for equal human rights for women and blacks.  Sojourner Truth died on November 26, 1883, and is remembered today as one of the nations first feminists and foremost abolitionists.