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Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Sojourner Truth, c. 1797 - 26 Nov 1883  Search this
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 8.1 x 5.7 cm (3 3/16 x 2 1/4")
Mount: 9.3 x 6.1 cm (3 11/16 x 2 3/8")
Mat: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11")
Culture:
Sojourner Truth: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1864
Exhibition Label:
In 1843 ex-slave Isabella Van Wagener obeyed God's personal command to her, changed her name to Sojourner Truth, and became an itinerant preacher. Quickly becoming a major attraction on the revival circuit for the power and ingenuity of her prophetic speeches, she was drawn into abolitionism and entranced antislavery audiences with her personal testimony. Like Frederick Douglass, Truth was a charismatic figure because she was not a victim but a leader. She was also a powerful example of African American womanhood. As she concluded in a compelling oration on women's rights, "I could work as much . . . and bear the lash as well [as a man]-and aren't I a woman?"
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Costume\Outerwear\Shawl  Search this
Photographic format\Carte-de-visite  Search this
Interior\Studio\Photography  Search this
Sojourner Truth: Female  Search this
Sojourner Truth: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
Sojourner Truth: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Sojourner Truth: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.78.207
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.78.207