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Image of Sojourner Truth with Flowers, CDV 37781

2018.36

Artist

Unknown Artist

Title

Sojourner Truth with Flowers, CDV

Creation Date

1864

Century

mid-19th century

Dimensions

4 x 2 1/2 in. (10.16 x 6.35 cm)

Object Type

photograph

Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

albumen silver print on paper

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, James Phinney Baxter Fund

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

2018.36
Women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony stated, “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.” Abolitionist Frederick Douglass argued that the suffrage of free Black men should come before that of women. As a Black woman at the intersection of these two schools of thought, Sojourner Truth was expected to wait for freedom to come to her. However, that was never her style. She refused erasure and fought tirelessly for the rights of Black people and women, as she believed it was her calling to preach the truth. She changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth and solidified her place in history as an outstanding orator and a dedicated freedom fighter for Black people and women’s suffrage. To support her travels, she solicited donations and sold photographs of herself.

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