In 1992, a group of Northampton citizens came together following the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles. The group wanted to increase appreciation of diversity, build community, challenge oppression, and promote social justice.
A further goal of this committee was to give greater public recognition to the individuals and events in American history that mark high points in the ongoing struggle for equal justice. The arrival of Sojourner Truth in Florence in 1843 and her membership in the Northampton Association, an abolitionist community, was one such moment. With the idea of creating a memorial statue to honor Sojourner Truth and her work, the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee was formed.
From 1993–2000, the Statue Committee led a community-wide effort to increase awareness of the legacy of Sojourner Truth, culminating with the unveiling of the Sojourner Truth statue in an afternoon dedication ceremony on Sunday, October 6, 2002.