As part of Black History Month Kingston, RUPCO hosted historic interpreter Deborah Zulle of Saugerties and her performance of Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I A Woman?”  speech at the Old Dutch Church, Wall Street, Kingston, NY.  Sojourner is one of Kingston’s most famous women, and most famous person of color,  and vocal advocate for the rights of women, blacks, and slaves. WEith the support of a NeighborWorks Pride in Place grant, RUPCO brought this history moment to life to share. Below are three videos from the February 24, 2018 event: 

  • A recap of the February 24 event with audience perspective and commentary (above)
  • Sojourner Truth’s powerful speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” performed by historic actor Deborah Zulle (below)
  • An impromptu interview  of Sojourner by historic actor David Kent, aka local fictional reporter Jimmy Nolsen (bottom)

According to WIkipedia, Sojourner Truth was born Isabella (BelleBaumfreec. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in SwartekillUlster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Read more about Sojourner and her impact on the civil rights movement here.