Last year, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation installed a beautiful monument to Sojourner Truth on the west approach to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Learn more about this Hudson Valley native and suffragette who began life in 1797 as a slave named Isabella in Ulster County. After years of hard work and abuse, she ended her enslavement in late 1826. She then re-invented herself. The strikingly intelligent but illiterate young woman became an uncompromising abolitionist, a famed and witty speaker, a proponent of women’s rights, and an inspiring preacher.
The Great Life of Sojourner Truth is presented by Claudine Ferrell, the chair of the Department of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
This event can be accessed from the comfort of your own home online via Zoom.
This lecture is funded in part by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.