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Sojourner Truth: First Step to Freedom

29 years old in 1826.

Bronze: figure 6' tall, base 15" tall


Isabella, later to take the name of Sojourner Truth, is depicted at the moment she is about to step over the threshold of her last slave owner, John Dumont. It is almost dawn. She is carrying her youngest child, Sophia, who is barely awake, and a small bundle of possessions. A broken mug and clay pipe are on the floor behind her- symbols of male domination. 

Denied manumission for a year by Dumont, she she declared that she “walked” to freedom: “I did not run.” Butterflies on the base symbolize freedom. 

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