Voices of Our Past: Sojourner Truth

Voices of Our Past: Sojourner Truth

16th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series

12/10/2023 to | 2:00 PM –

Program Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 North Lombard St., Mahomet, IL 61853

Come join us and see history come to life with our final event in the 16th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series! The theme of this year’s series is “Voices of Our Past'' and will feature first-person interpretations of African-American voices present during the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Isabella Baumfree, better known as Sojourner Truth, was a prominent abolitionist and activist for African-American and women’s rights. Born into slavery, Truth would endure a rough upbringing before escaping slavery with her infant daughter for a life of freedom in 1826. Becoming a traveling preacher, she would work with other abolitionists such as Frederick Douglas and William Lloyd Garrison. Truth would go on to give many influential speeches against slavery and would also speak out for women’s rights. During the Civil War, she urged young black men to join the Union and also supplied necessities for black troops. Her efforts during the war earned her an invitation from Abraham Lincoln to the White House. Although she was unable to read or write, Truth successfully sued a white man, collaborated with the Freedmen's Bureau, and inspired millions during her lifetime. Learn about this important figure in US history as Patricia Davis, first-person interpreter, brings Sojourner Truth to life with an engaging and interactive presentation portraying the notable African-American abolitionist and activist.

FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or jbien@ccfpd.org

This event is co-sponsored by the Champaign County African American Heritage Trail and Forest Preserve Friends Foundation.

For more info on the Champaign County African American Heritage Trail, please visit https://ccafricanamericanheritage.org/

For more info on the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation, please visit https://www.ccfpd.org/illinois-forest-preserves/foundation