Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery in Ulster County, N.Y. Her father came to the United States on a slave ship. At age 9 she was sold at auction with a flock of sheep for $100. After several owners, Isabella escaped with one of her children in 1826. The next year the N.Y. State Emancipation Act was enacted outlawing slavery. She then went to court to recover her son, who had been illegally sold to an owner in Alabama. Her suit was the first of a black woman winning such a case against a white man. In 1843 she gave herself the name Sojourner Truth. During the Civil War she helped recruit black troops for the Union Army. After the war she worked for woman’s rights and tried to secure land grants for former slaves from the federal government.
This Sojourner Truth mug is part of our Civil War, Abolitionist and African American Series profiling outstanding men and women who have helped shape our country in important and positive ways.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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