Sojourner Truth, known as Isabella, was born into slavery about 1797 in Ulster County, New York.
In 1815 Isabella married Thomas Truth, a fellow slave, and bore 5 children.
1826- she walked to her freedom holding her infant daughter Sophia
She ettled in New York City until 1843, when she changed her name to Sojourner Truth, announcing she would travel the land as an itinerant
She received income from the sale ofher biography, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, A Northern Slave, written in 1850 by her friend, Olive Gilbert.
She became a supporter of both women's rights and abolition, or the fight to end slavery. At a women's rights convention in Ohio in 1851, she gave one of her most famous speeches, called "Ain't I a Woman."
Sojourner Truth died at her home on College Street on November 26, 1883.
She was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek.