Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights
On this site on May 29, 1851, Sojourner Truth, a former slave, gave her world famous "And Ain't I a Woman?" speech, recalling the hardships she had endured. Active in both the Abolitionist and Women's Rights Movements, she electrified an audience of women and men who had come to the Universalist Stone Church for a two-day Women's Rights Convention.
Erected 1981 by Akron Women's Alliance, Alpha Phi Alpha, The Summit County Historical Society, "The Dinner Party" Board, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 5.156′ N, 81° 30.901′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on High Street (Ohio Route 261), on the left when traveling south. Marker is on the Sojourner Truth Building, about 300 feet south of the intersection of High Street and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 North High Street, Akron OH 44308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within United Rubber Workers International Union (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (about 700 feet away); Howard Street District (about 700 feet away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. ¼ mile away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. ¼ mile away); Glendale Steps (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Portage Path (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . .
1. Sojourner Truth. (Submitted on June 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850). (Submitted on June 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Sojourner Truth Institute. (Submitted on June 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,363 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 24, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.