Stabenow Hails Dedication of Sojourner Truth Sculpture
Yesterday, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) praised the unveiling of a bronze portrait bust in the U.S. Capitol honoring the equal rights leader Sojourner Truth.
"As one of 17 women in the United States Senate, I am very proud to honor Sojourner Truth, a fellow Michiganian and a tireless advocate for the causes of women's rights and human dignity. This sculpture will serve as a reminder to present and future generations of Americans of the values for which she stood," said Stabenow. "Sojourner Truth is the first African-American woman to be honored with a sculpture in the U.S. Capitol and one of the first civil rights leaders to be celebrated in Emancipation Hall. I am delighted that we took the opportunity to recognize her."
Truth was born into slavery yet became one of the nation's greatest crusaders for the ideals on which America was founded. She settled in Harmonia, Michigan in 1857, and spoke to audiences throughout the state, including the Michigan state legislature on several occasions. She passed away in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1883, and is buried with her family in the Oak Hill Cemetery. The bust was donated by the National Congress of Black Women.