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A re-enactment of Sojourner Truth’s story in her own words, speeches, and songs. This Vermont Humanities Council event is part of the Bennington Branch of AAUW’s Suffrage Centennial Series.
Born a slave in 1797 in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, and suffragist.
During her 29 years as a slave, Sojourner Truth developed a close relationship with God which enabled her, in 1843, to rename herself Sojourner Truth and walk away from slavery. Sojourner took to the road to free her people.
She became a powerful speaker against slavery and for the rights of women. The last years of her life were spent petitioning the U.S. Government to turn over western lands.
The program joins Sojourner Truth at the end of her life. She recalls her early days as a slave, details her relationship with God, and shares poignant stories of her days walking through this land. Ms. Woods uses Sojourner’s own words and the spiritual music she may have sung to recreate this inspiring woman.
Kathryn Woods, a Massachusetts native, has acted on stage, screen, television, and radio and guides tours on the Freedom Trail in Boston.
AAUW is partnering with the Bennington Performing Arts Center—Home of Oldcastle Theatre for this Vermont Humanities Council event.