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[Sojourner Truth]

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Hardison, Inge
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Portrait bust of Sojourner Truth from Inge Haridson's "Negro Giants in History" series. Sojourner Truth (c.1797-1883), an African-American born into slavery, became one of the strongest voices for equality and justice in the abolitionist and women's suffragist movement. Her most famous speech, "Ain't I a Woman?" was given at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, 1851.
In seeing the need for heroes in today's world, Inge Hardison (1904-) created the series of sculpted portraits titled, "Negro Giants in History," for which she is best known today. The mantle-size busts were a response to the omission of Black Americans in the national Hall of Fame in Washington DC.
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia Ms. Hardison attended Tennessee A&I University, Vassar College, and the Arts Students League during the 1930’s. Haridson created a 24 inch portrait of Sojourner Truth, which was presented to Nelson Mandela in 1990.
Ms. Haridson, still creating her sculpted portraits in her Harlem apartment has said, “During my long life I have enjoyed using different ways to distill the essences of my experiences so as to share for the good they might do in the lives of others.”
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The Robbins Center Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of The Robbins Center For Cross Cultural Communication, in memory of Warren M. Robbins
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