Picturing Freedom

The Legacy of Representing Black Womanhood

Authored by: Rehema C. Barber

The Routledge Companion to African American Art History

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138486553
eBook ISBN: 9781351045193
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351045193-34

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That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?...Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, “cause Christ wasn’t a woman!” Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.—Sojourner Truth, Address to Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio, 1851

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