‘Sojourner’ One Woman Play Streams at Prime Stage (Tues., 2/16/21)

Sojourner Truth in 1870. The portrait is from the National Portrait gallery in Washington, D.C.

Sojourner Truth in 1870. The photo is from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia)

SOJOURNER (one-person play) by Richard LaMonte Pierce. Prime Stage Theatre, streams Feb. 12 – 28. 

Harriett Tubman is set to grace the U.S. twenty dollar bill sometime in the near future, and rightfully so. Tubman and other early female Black abolitionists fought hard against the evil of slavery. Now Prime Stage Theatre is staging a one-woman show by Richard LaMonte Pierce about Sojourner Truth, another famous anti-slavery advocate. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York in 1797. In 1826 she escaped with her infant daughter. And successfully went to court to get her son, winning one of the first battles of its type against a white man. She is also remembered for an inspirational speech she delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio in 1851. It became widely known by the title, “Ain’t I a Woman?” Truth is portrayed by Delana Flowers in Sojourner. (R.H.)