Rep. Bizon works with local community to help make Sojourner Truth museum a reality

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Sojourner Truth sculpture in Battle Creek, Mich.

Rep. John Bizon has been working with the local Battle Creek community to help preserve the area’s important historical legacy. Rep. Bizon introduced a bill earlier this month to create a fund-raising registration license plate for Sojourner Truth.

Rep. Bizon was approached by the Sojourner Truth Museum to help create a license plate honoring the famous activist. With the newly introduced bill, Bizon and the community are working together to remember a national, and local, hero.

The Sojourner Truth Museum and Conference Center is currently being constructed in Battle Creek, her adopted home. This fundraising license plate program will help provide extra assistance in making sure the important legacy of Sojourner Truth is preserved.

“This amazing woman is a vital part of American history,” Rep. Bizon said. “Sojourner Truth’s accomplishments in life have been a source of local pride that we must work to preserve and pass on to younger generations.”

The bill is currently being reviewed in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist during the 19th century. Born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, she escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth moved to Battle Creek in 1857 and lived there until her passing in 1883. She is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. A statue of Sojourner Truth is displayed proudly in downtown Battle Creek, where her life has been celebrated for decades.

In 2014, Truth was included in Smithsonian Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.”

“The people of Michigan, especially Battle Creek, care deeply for their history and the great Americans who came before them,” Rep. Bizon said. “This museum will give us a chance to honor their memories and learn from their example.”

For more information, contact Rep. Bizon’s office by email to DrJohnBizon@house.mi.gov or by phone to (517) 373-0555.