Born a slave in New York in 1797, she spoke only Dutch until sold around the age of 9, together with a flock of sheep, for $100.
Suffering hardships, her third master made her marry an older slave with whom she had five children.
In 1827, she escaped to Canada. After New York abolished slavery, she returned as a domestic servant and helped with Elijah Pierson's street-corner preaching. Her name was Sojourner Truth. In 1843, Sojourner Truth heard "a voice from Heaven" and began spreading "God's truth and plan for salvation."