Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sojourner Truth

This 16" x 12" painting is about Sojourner Truth 1797-1883 . She is best known for her speech "Aint I a Woman?" given at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851. When I read the speech on Wikipedia, it gave me goosebumps. There are many versions of the speech, as recorded by different witnesses, so I wont include them in my post, but I hope you click the link and read at least one. She is described as a very tall, strong, slave born woman. This painting comes from my imaginings of her rising from the earth to take on the world, thirteen children in tow (alive and dead). There is no question that she is a woman in every form of the word.

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