Only a few black women, such as Sojourner Truth and Sarah Parker Remond, attended the early women’s rights conventions in the North.
The most urgent cause for African American women of the 1850s was abolition of slavery, and many were actively involved in that cause.
In 1850 about 1.6 million of 1.8 million black women in America were slaves. Some, such as Harriet Tub-man, escaped from slavery and then helped others to escape.
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln welcomed the abolitionist Sojourner Truth to the White House in appreciation for her efforts to fight slavery and help the Union army during the Civil War.
She was well known as a formidable speaker with a commanding presence.
If she had been shown standing next to Lincoln here, she would have been nearly his height.