The Sojourner Truth Bust was Commissioned by the National Congress of Black Women

and was installed in the Emancipation Hall, United States Capitol.


This is the first memorial to a Black woman to be placed in the U.S Capitol was created by sculptress Artis Lane.

Sculptor Artis Lane, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congresswoman Jackson Lee

Sojourner Truth, an enslaved Black Woman, was born Isabella Baumfree. She worked for the abolition of slavey, as well as for women's suffrage. Her most famous speech, "Ain't I A Woman," was delivered at a women's rights conference at Akron, Ohio.

After a nearly 10 year campaign, led by the late Dr. C. Delores Tucker who devoted the last years of her life to this effort, Congress passed a Bill on December 6, 2006 to memorialize the work of Sojourner Truth. The final effort was led in the House by Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee and in the Senate by Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton.

First Lady Michelle Obama Unveils Sojourner Truth 2009

(323) 938-0538  ArtisLane@att.net 

Cover for the invitation to the pre-unveiling reception in Washington, DC hosted by Cathy Hughes, Radio One/TV One and FedEx

The First Lady is assisted by Speaker Pelosi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee

Dr. Dorothy Height and the National Council of Negro Women hosted the post-unveiling luncheon

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