Woman Tells Sojourner Truth’s Story

by Katie Jeffries on February 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

One woman is bringing the past to the present for Black History Month.

Friday, the Putnam Underground Railroad Education Center held the tenth annual Lincoln Luncheon. The lucheon had a special presentation by Annette Jefferson on the life of Sojourner Truth. She was a former slave who walked away to freedom and into the history books.

"She was an outspoken proponent of abolitionism and women’s rights so she has earned her legitimate place in history and I am here to bring her to life today," tells Jefferson.

Truth was illiterate and uneducated, but did extraordinary things in her lifetime. The PURE center also unveiled a bust made of Truth by local artist, Marilyn Westgerdes. Jefferson gave the presentation to around 100 people at the luncheon and 7th, 8th and 9th grade Zanesville students Friday morning. She says she wants people to walk away with a simple message.

"That nothing is impossible if you believe in God and you believe in yourself then go forward with what you believe you have been sent in time to do," says Jefferson.

The luncheon also featured a silent auction of antiques and art. The luncheon raises around $10,000 for the PURE center each year.



Katie Jeffries