Battle Creek’s 12-foot-high sculpture of Sojourner Truth was designed by California artist Tina Allen, and was dedicated in Monument Park in 1999.
Sojourner Truth Background
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella Bometree. She remained a slave until she escaped to freedom in her mid-thirties. She spent the few years after she became free in New York City, where she found her public voice in 1843. She then changed her name to Sojourner Truth.
For the next forty years, she delivered her anti-slavery message in almost twenty states. In 1857, she moved to Battle Creek. She remained here until her death in 1883.