Sojourner Truth, a former slave who lived in Florence, MA in the mid-1800s, was a nationally known advocate for equality and justice.
A group of citizens from many walks of life have come together to create a memorial statue and site honoring her life and work.
Sojourner Truth was a former slave who lived in Florence, Massachusetts (a village of Northampton) from 1843-1857. She came to Florence to join the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, a utopian community dedicated to equality and justice. In the mid-nineteenth century, Sojourner Truth became a nationally known advocate for justice and equality between races and between men and women. She is honored in American history for ''The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave'' (1850), for innumerable speeches against slavery and for women's rights, for her work on behalf of freedmen after the Civil War, and for her ability to keep audiences enthralled through singing and eloquent speeches.