We walk with Sojourner.

18 Feb


Scintillating Speck

Today Lily and I walked through the falling snow to visit Sojourner Truth (or rather, her statue, which stands near the corner of Park Street and Pine Street in Florence, Massachusetts, about a 15-minute walk from our house).

Lily with Sojourner Truth

We talked about slavery and freedom, and how extremely brave Sojourner was.

MAMA: I like that she chose the name Sojourner Truth.  She was a traveler and a truth-teller.  She knew it was important to speak out, to say that no person deserved to be treated as less than anybody else.  She knew it was worth any risk.  She did that for all of us.  She did that for you and me.
LILY: Don’t cry, Mama.
MAMA: It’s okay.  I’m just grateful.  I’m grateful for every truth-teller.

Lily read the plaque out loud to me:

Sojourner Truth plaque

“Sojourner Truth was born a slave named Isabella in upstate New York in 1797.  She worked for…

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