Sojourner Truth, the well-known colored lecturer, died at Battle Creek, Mich., yesterday, aged 103 years.

For almost three-quarters of a century she delivered lectures from the East to the West upon temperance, politics, and the woman’s rights question. She was born a slave, in the state of New York, and spent the early part of her life — until 1817, when slavery was abolished in this state — in hard work in the fields of her many masters.

Her parents were brought from the coast of Guinea, and sold as slaves on arriving in the United States. Her real name — or that which had been given to her by her first master — was Isabella Hardenburg, but, becoming dissatisfied with it, it is said that she went out into a wilderness and prayed to the Lord to give her an appropriate name. After praying for some time she heard, she said, the name “ Sojourner” whispered to her, as she was to travel “up and down,” and afterward “Truth” was added to it to signify that she should preach nothing but truth to all men.

Sojourner had a tall, masculine-looking figure — she was almost 6 feet high — and talked in a deep, guttural, powerful voice that made many people who heard her think that she was a man, and was imposing upon them by masquerading as a woman.

Upon one occasion, while she was preaching to an audience, doubts as to her sex were freely expressed, and be satisfied them that she was a woman. She could neither read nor write, but on her lecturing tours took with her grandson, who attended to her business affairs

Sojourner knew many prominent men — her favorite statesman being Abraham Lincoln — and her narratives and descriptions of those whom she had known showed that she had judged their characters exceedingly well. During her later life, or for the past 10 years, her avowed object in traveling around was to obtain names to a petition which she intended presenting to the government, asking that a portion of the public lands in the West be set apart for the establishment of a negro colony, where she proposed that the negro youth should be educated.

Sojourner undoubtedly did a great deal of good work during her lifetime, for she was instrumental in reclaiming hundreds of men and women from a bad life, and by her own set a splendid example to the colored population.

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