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Sojourner Truth

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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.