October 4, 2002

Northampton Dedicates Sojourner Truth Statue


On this day in 2002, a statue was installed in Florence, a village of Northampton, to honor Sojourner Truth, the former enslaved woman best known for the "Ain't I a Woman" speech she delivered in 1851. Arriving in Northampton in the winter of 1843, she joined the Association of Education and Industry, a communally-run farm and silk factory. It was here she encountered the anti-slavery movement for the first time and began her career as an eloquent spokesperson for abolitionism, woman's rights, and temperance. It was here, too, that her autobiography, Narrative of Sojourner Truth, was written. When the Association dissolved in 1846, she used the proceeds from her book to buy a house in Northampton. She lived there for the next ten years.

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