​November 26, 1883: Sojourner Truth Died

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Sojourner Truth died at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was 86 years old.

Several days before Truth died, a reporter came from the Grand Rapids Eagle to interview her. “Her face was drawn and emaciated and she was apparently suffering great pain. Her eyes were very bright and mind alert although it was difficult for her to talk.”

More than 3,000 people crowded into the Battle Creek Tabernacle to pay their last respects to the black heroine. Uriah Smith presided at the services.

Ellen Bradbury Paulson, who attended the funeral, said of Sojourner Truth: “She was a good SDA.”

Truth was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery inBattle Creek, beside other family members and many Seventh-day Adventist pioneers.

Sojourner Truth was the self-given name (born Isabella Baumfree), from 1843 onward, of , an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.

After going to court to recover her son, she became the 1st black woman to win such a case against a white man. Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.

Read more about her legacy at: Daily Black History Facts


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