Ain’t I A Womban

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

“Ain’t I a womban

Born a slave circa 1797 in Swartekill, New York, Isabela Baumfree escaped in late 1826 with her infant baby Sophia; she did not run off, she walked off. She obtained help from abolitionist friends and legally changed her name to Sojourner Truth. A year later she heard her 5 year old son Peter was sold and was being raped by his new owner. She took it to court and won becoming the first black womban to have won a case in the courts. Since then she joined the emancipation movement.

It’s the second day at the Womban’s Rights Convention. In the audience Sojourner Truth, a 6 feet tall, 54 year old strapping black womban, is quietly sitting in the far right corner of the church. Several ministers attended and were not shy in voicing their opinion of man’s superiority over womben. One claimed “superior intellect,” one spoke of the “manhood of Christ,” and still another referred to the “sin of our first mother.”

(Maxwell, 115)


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