After growing up in slavery in New York, Isabella Bomefree gained her freedom in 1827, at about age 30.
She was strongly religious and in 1843 had a vision telling her to become a travelling preacher.
She decided to call herself Sojourner (which means traveller) and then asked God for a last name. “The Lord gave me Truth because I was to declare the truth to the people,” she later said.
Sojourner Truth became one of the leading African American speakers against slavery, moving many people with her call for an end to slavery.
She also spoke out for women’s rights.