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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sojourner Truth in Battle Creek

One bigger than life statue of Sojourner Truth stands in Battle Creek just a couple of miles from where she is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. Part of Highway 66 in Michigan was renamed after her. Born into slavery in New York, she escaped and assumed her calling as a prophet and a preacher, dropping her given name of Isabella. She dictated her memoirs which were published in 1847: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth which spoke of her life as a slave, having her own son sold illegally, her escape and her religious experiences. She travelled all the way to Washington to meet with and encourage Abraham Lincoln in his fight against slavery. She died on November 26, 1883, but a few days prior she was quoted as saying, "I'm not going to die, honey. I'm going home like a shooting star." We are grateful for our freedom! Wishing everyone a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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