She was an icon in her day, known for fighting for women's rights and against slavery in the 1800s. Now a first of its kind tribute to Sojourner Truth sits in the nation's capitol. And it's sparking new interest, especially in her adopted hometown of Battle Creek.
On Wednesday, leaders like First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a bronze sculpture of Sojourner Truth in Washington D.C. It's the first sculpture of an African American woman at the Capitol.
"I hope Sojourner Truth would be proud to see me, a descent of slaves, as the First Lady of the United States," said Michelle Obama.
A sculpture of Truth already stands tall in Battle Creek, marking her impact in West Michigan. We were there for the unveiling ten years ago in the town where she died back in 1883.
Sojourner was born into slavery in New York and sold more than 3 times before escaping. She became a well known speaker, publicizing women's rights and speaking out against slavery. She even managed to meet with President Lincoln at the White House.
Truth moved to Battle Creek in 1857. That's where she lived out her remaining years fighting for the rights of former slaves to own their own land.
She passed away at 86 years old. Now there's not just a local tribute but a national one that will sit in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall for years to come. In a building slaves help to create.