ANGOLA - Hundreds of people, including Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, gathered on Angola’s Public Square, Sunday afternoon for the dedication and unveiling of the new Sojourner Truth statue.
The statue honors one of history’s most famous survivors of slavery, who was also and abolitionist and activists for women’s rights. The statue also commemorates her visit to Steuben County.
Truth gave a speech on the steps of the courthouse back in June of 1861. Truth reportedly spent a month in Steuben County back then, during a time when the Indiana Constitution forbade Black people from setting foot in the state.
Last year, the Downtown Angola Coalition was awarded the Women’s Legacy Grant for $40,000 from the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs to commission a life-size sculpture of abolitionist Sojourner Truth, along with purchase classroom tools for local students.
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