Sojourner Truth was an African - America abolitionist and women's right activist . Sojourner was born into slavery , but she soon escaped from it with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826 . She was born in New York And died November 26 1888 Battle Creek MI . She wrote books , soon she became the first black women to win a case against a white man , her name was Isabella ("Bella") when she was born but later she named her self Sojourner Truth . She was delivered in 1851 at Ohio women's right convention in Akron , Ohio . " http://www.sojournertruthmemorial.org/ "