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The Magnet and the Iron: John Brown and George L. Stearns The Stories Behind the Busts

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth seated with photograph of her grandson
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family collection

Sojourner Truth was a powerful advocate for abolition and women’s rights. Born enslaved, she escaped in 1826 with her infant daughter. Truth’s grandson James Caldwell enlisted in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in 1863.