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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. Thanks to the continued support of our community, …

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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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Annual Celebration May 29

The 14th Annual Sojourner Truth Memorial Celebration, free and open to the public, will be held on Sunday, May 29, 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 Dr. Trevor Baptiste, Chair of the Amherst Regional School …

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Thank You for Making Valley Gives Day a Success

Thank you for your generous support on Valley Gives Day 2016! We raised $810, and won a $500 golden ticket, putting our total at $1,310. This was another great 24-hour effort in support of our committee’s work, and we are excited to continue our educational programming and high school scholarships with the backing of our community.

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Sojourner Truth to Appear on the $10 Bill

Women on 20s prevails! Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced this week that not only will Harriet Tubman be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, but Sojourner Truth will be joining a slate of suffrage leaders on the back of the $10 bill. From The New York Times: While Hamilton would remain on the $10, and Abraham Lincoln on the …

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Sojourner Truth Statue on Jeopardy

Tonight on Jeopardy, our very own statue was the subject of a question on Jeopardy. The answer: “A statue of this ex-slave and abolitionist stands in Florence, Massachusetts, where she lived from 1843-1856.”

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