Sojourner's Place

unveiling of the truth  

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Today, the bust of Sojourner Truth was unveiled in the during a gala celebration held in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capital.

Created by
Artis Lane, the bust was completely funded through private funds ans will remain on permanent display in the underground visitor center's main space, called Emancipation Hall in part because slaves helped build the Capitol.

"We're here because of barriers she challenged and fought to tear down, and paths she helped to forge and trod alone," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said to an audience gathered at the visitor's center to celebrate Truth's legacy and watch Mrs. Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others unveil the bronze bust of Truth.

Now many young boys and girls, like my own daughters, will come to Emancipation Hall and see the face of a woman who looks like them. I hope that Sojourner Truth would be proud to see me, a descendant of slaves, serving as the first lady of the United States of America. First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama
The National Congress of Black Women, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of black women and their families, has pushed for Truth to be memorialized in the Capitol for almost 10 years. In 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law a requirement that a bust of Truth be placed in a "suitable, permanent location in the Capitol." Clinton co-sponsored the measure when she served in the Senate.

But now we are. And who better to begin the representation — this is not the end of the representation ... who better to begin than Sojourner Truth? Kim Fuller, National Congress of Black Women
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3 sojourners hollin' back

what a great story, and what a great group of strong women to do the unveiling. Michelle Obama is remarkable. Thanks for this bright spot in my day.

April 28, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Ah! refreshing news!

This is good to know. I am always excited when our sheroes get the acknowledgement that they earned.

Thanks for sharing the info twin!

April 28, 2009 at 11:48 PM

SjP,

Thanks for sharing this news. I will make a trip to the Capitol to see it.

As MLD says, Sojourner Truth is a real American hero.

U

April 30, 2009 at 7:00 AM
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