Documents rediscovered: Sojourner Truth’s fight to save son

Source: KKTV 11 News

“In 1828, years before she took the name Sojourner Truth, a [b]lack woman who had escaped slavery with her infant daughter won a court fight in New York’s Hudson Valley to bring her son, Peter, home from Alabama. It was a historic case of a [b]lack woman seeking the release of her son from slavery prevailing in court against a white man. Isabella Van Wagenen, as she was known then, would gain enduring fame as an outspoken abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. As for her deposition and the rest of the court documents, they were boxed up and eventually stored among a million other records, unseen and unrecognized for their significance. Until 194 years later.” (06/14/22)