This week on From the Vault we present a program on the life of Sojourner Truth. Produced in 1979 by Darcell King, Sojourner Truth: Being a Sign Unto the People takes you with Truth as she travels around the country on foot telling others how she was abused as a slave, how she was sold and exploited, and how she gained her liberty. On her travels, Truth gained massive support for the anti-slavery movement and she was an inspiration to all who saw her. She left her mark in many places, and many artifacts which producer King dutifully researched and culled from libraries, court records, personal writings, and accounts from family, friends, colleagues, and detractors to craft a completely unique and thorough story of Sojourner Truth.
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