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  The Great Ferris Fire
  Berrien County Courthouse
  Elloitt-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  Milliken v. Bradley
  Elk, Oil, and the Environment
  Whisper to Rallying Cry
  Poletown & Eminent Domain
  Prentiss M. Brown
  Otis Milton Smith
  Freedom Road
  President Gerald R. Ford
  Mary Coleman
  Committee of One
  Milo Radulovich
  Striking Racial Covenants
  Murphy's Dissent
  Conveying Michigan
  Ending Jim Crow
  Pond's Defense
  Mount Clemens Pottery
  Emelia Schaub
  Rose of Aberlone
  Protecting the Impaired
  Laughing Whitefish
  The Uninvited Ear
  The King's Grant
  Improving Justice
  One Person—One Vote
  Eva Belles' Vote
  Constitutional Convention
  Ten Hours or No Sawdust
  Access to Public Water
  Augustus Woodward
  Sojourner Truth
  Justice William Fletcher
  Roosevelt-Newett Trial
  Cooley Law Office
  Baseball Reserve Clause
  Ossian Sweet Trial

6. Sojourner Truth

Her life as a crusader for justice is recalled in the city she called home. Dedicated and placed at the Battle Creek Hall of Justice in 1987. Rededicated inside at the First United Methodist Church in Battle Creek. Placed at the Calhoun County Justice Center in Battle Creek on May 29, 1997.

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Sojourner Truth

Isabella Hardenbergh was born into slavery in 1797 in Ulster County, New York. Upon gaining her freedom, believing she heard a voice from God, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth, This six-foot tall, gaunt woman with a resounding voice became one of America's most influential crusaders for justice.

At the 1858 Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, she spoke eloquently of women's rights: "I have heard much about the sexes being equal; I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much, too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now . . . I have heard the Bible and have learned that Eve caused man to sin. Well, if woman upset the world, do give her a chance to set it right-side up again." Her moving words held the historic convention spellbound. Her orations are remembered today and greatly enrich our national heritage.

In 1856 Sojourner Truth moved here to Battle Creek. Throughout her long life, she continued to journey and speak widely for social and legal reforms, including women's suffrage desegregation, and the plight of former slaves. She died in 1883 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek.

Of her influential life, she said simply: "The Lord had a plan for me."

Placed by the State Bar of Michigan and the Calhoun County Bar Association, 1987 Rededicated upon the 200th Anniversary Celebration of Sojourner Truth's birth, 1997.



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