|Timeline of Sojourner Truth
1797- Isabella Baumfree (Sojorner Truth) born into slavery on the Hardenbergh estate, Swartekill, Ulster County, New York
1806 - Sold at
auction for $100 by John Neely, near Kingston, NY
$105 by Martinus Schryver of Kingston, NY, staying there about 18
$175 by John Dumont, New Paltz, NY,
1815 - Marries Thomas, a fellow
slave. Has five children.
Late 1826 - Isabella escapes to freedom with infant daughter, Sophia -- she had to leave the other children behind because they were not legally freed in the emancipation order until they had served as bound servants until their twenties.
July 4, 1827 - New York state emancipates slaves born after 1799.
Successfully sues a white man for illegally selling her son Peter out
1829 - Moves to New York City with her son Peter.
1843 - At age 46, Isabella adopts
the name Sojourner Truth, leaves New York and travels to
housekeeper for George Benson, brother-in-law of William Lloyd
Garrison, in Northampton.
1850 - Sojourner dictates her
autobiography, The Narrative of
Sojourner Truth. It is published by William Lloyd
Garrison. She speaks at the first national Women's Rights
Convention, in Worcester, MA. She is the only black present..
famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech in Akron, OH.
1852 - in
attends abolitionist meeting in Salem, Ohio, where she confronts
Frederick Douglass, asking "Is God gone?"
1853 - in
speaks at suffragist "mob convention" at Broadway Tabernacle, New York
city -- visits Harriet Beecher Stowe in Andover, Mass.
- Visits President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.
Sojourner said, "I must say, and I am proud to say, that I never was
treated by anyone with more kindness and politeness than were shown to
me by that great and good man, Abraham Lincoln."
1865 - Assigned to work at Freedman's Hospital in Washington -- rides the Washington, DC, streetcars to force their desegregation.
- Moves from Harmonia into Battle Creek, converting Merritt "barn" on
College Street into her house. Travels to Rochester, New York, and
Washington, DC to help freed slaves -- visits suffrage activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
- 81-year-old Sojourner is a delegate to the Women's Rights Convention
in Rochester, NY.
November 26, 1883 --
Sojourner Truth dies at her College Street home in Battle Creek,