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Summer and Fall Walking Tours

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee and the David Ruggles Center are pleased to announce a series of upcoming tours of the African American Heritage Trail. Tours are free and open to the public. Saturday, July 8, 10am; meet at the Sojourner Truth statue on the corner of Park and Pine Streets Sunday, August 13, 10:30am; meet at the David Ruggles Center Sunday, September …

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Rutgers to Name Apartment Building after Sojourner Truth

In February 2017 Rutgers University announced that it will name an apartment building on its historic New Brunswick campus after the abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth (c.1797-1883). The decision followed research findings, published in Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, that Sojourner Truth had been enslaved as a child to members of the family of Rutgers’ …

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Join Us for Our Annual Celebration on Sunday, 5/28

The 15th Annual Sojourner Truth Memorial Celebration, free and open to the public, will be held on Sunday, May 28, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sojourner Truth statue, at the corner of Park and Pine Streets in Florence, MA. The celebration will be highlighted by a keynote address by Ingrid Askew, theatre artist and cultural activist. We will …

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2017 Social Justice Scholarships Awarded

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice: Dorilyn Castillo, Chicopee High School; Mugisha Cutsimpumu, Springfield Central High School; and Bridget MacNeill, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Academy. Dorilyn Castillo is an active member and president of the Holyoke Youth Commission, a group of teens who plan community service …

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Support Us on Valley Gives 2017

On Tuesday, May 2, our committee is participating in Valley Gives 2017, the 24-hour day of generosity in support of Western Massachusetts nonprofits. Please consider making a gift toward our ongoing scholarship and local educational programs. You can schedule a gift now or make a gift on May 2 through our Kimbia page or by using the form below. Thanks to …

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Exhibit Explores Photography of Sojourner Truth

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery, an exhibition that features photographic carte de visite portraits of Truth that she sold to help make a living. From an article by KQED: “While only privileged white Americans could afford to commission painted oil portraits, photographic portraits were easy to …

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Community Walking Tours 9/10 and 10/8

There will be 2 more community walking tours this year. Please join us at the statue at 10 a.m. for a walk through history: Sojourner Truth, David Ruggles, Frederick Douglass, and other major 19th c. abolitionists lived or visited Florence and left their mark here. Sept. 10 Oct. 8 Meet at the statue, corner of Park & Pine Sts., Florence, 10 a.m.

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U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Sojourner Truth

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that a new class of six oil tankers will be named after civil and human rights leaders, among them Sojourner Truth! The other leaders being honored include Harvey Milk, Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Chief Justice Earl Warren, and women’s rights activist Lucy Stone.

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Leeds 5thgrade 2016

Students Walk Through History in Collaborative Project Funded by the Northampton Education Foundation

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee was recently awarded a grant from the Northampton Education Foundation for a collaborative project with three Northampton elementary schools, Leeds, Jackson Street, and R.K. Finn Ryan Road. The six-month project educated students about the history and legacy of Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist movement, and social activism in 19th-century Florence through a walking tour and accompanying …

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2016 High School Scholarships Awarded

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice, Olivia Kan-Sperling, of Northampton High School, and Lanre Thomas, of Amherst Regional High School. Olivia Kan-Sperling has used art to start community dialogues around women’s issues at Northampton High School. Inspired by her involvement with First Generation and other theater groups, she started a …

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