Local women’s rights activist remembered in honor of Black History Month

Hampshire County

A legendary local woman is being remembered in honor of Black History Month.

Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth spent more than a decade of her life in western Massachusetts. 

During the 14 years she lived in Florence, Truth became a lecturer devoted to fighting for the rights of African Americans and women. A statue stands in a park dedicated to Sojourner Truth on Pine Street in Florence.

There are also two smaller statues, one at the Lilly Library and one at Northampton’s Forbes Library.

Sojourner Truth is also being celebrated with Friday’s Google doodle. 

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