|Cynthia Lowe, Ulster County Community Foundation, Esopus Town Supervisor John Coutant, Anne Gordon AAUW member, and Pastor Evelyn Clarke at the dedication of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Park in Port Ewen.|
The concert will include songs written by Truth, spirituals, and songs from the Abolitionist movement and the Civil War. Storytellers Evelyn Clarke and Terry Gittens will be joined by singes, Betty & the Baby Boomers, the Veterans in a New Field, and several others. Refreshments will be served, accompanied by fiddlers, Earl and Mimi Pardini.
St. James Methodist Church is a fitting location for the concert. In 1827, the congregation welcomed as a member, Isabella Van Wagonen, a freed slave who later took the name Sojourner Truth. As a dynamic speaker advocating the end of slavery, voting rights for women, and basic human rights for all, she became one of the most notable women in the 19th century.
There is a statue of her in the National Women's Hall of Fame, and most recently, a statue of her was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The proceeds from this concert will be used to erect a statue of her in The Ulster County town, Esopus, where she was born and lived for the first 30 years of her life.