“As a Black woman, illustrating Sojourner Truth was especially personal and meaningful to me,” Wise said in a statement. “Her journey and persistence inspired major change in both rights for enslaved African-Americans and women. Her history is deeply rooted
She became a traveling preacher and published a renowned memoir in 1850, in which she recounted her time in slavery. One year later, Truth delivered the famous “Ain’t I Woman” speech at a women’s rights conference in Akron, Ohio.
The abolitionist later became one of the first Black women to successfully sue a White man, after she took action against her former slavemaster for the illegal sale of her 5-year-old son.
The scene outside of the courthouse is what is referenced in Wise’s Google Doodle.
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According to the U.S. Treasury, Truth will be featured alongside other suffragists on the $10 bill, which will be unveiled in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.