Kingston in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ca. 1797 – Nov. 26, 1883
Famous slave of Ulster County, born in Hurley, N.Y. Though illiterate, this woman of indomitable character and intellect left her indelible mark as an eloquent condemner of slavery, from this court. By winning her lawsuit – the first ever won by a black parent – she saved her son from slavery in Alabama. A staunch abolitionist and a fervent champion of human rights, she met President Lincoln and subsequently served as advisor at Freedom Village in Virginia. Her own words explain her triumph: “I talk to God and God talks to me.”
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 41° 56.001′ N, 74° 1.181′ W. Marker is in Kingston, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on Wall Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in front of the Ulster County Supreme Court Building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston NY 12401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Beginning of the State of New York (a few steps from this marker); The Pike Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stockade Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); “The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the Town of Kingston in Ulster County” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington (about 300 feet away); Old Dutch Church (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Old Dutch Church (about 300 feet away); Patriots of the Revolution (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
More about this marker. A bas relief image of Sojourner Truth appears on the left of the marker.
Also see . . . Biography of Sojourner Truth. (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.