Maquette (Sojourner Truth Monument)
Sojourner Truth (ca. 1797–1883) escaped slavery in 1826 to become a prominent African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Chase-Riboud inserts Truth into an equestrian monument tradition usually reserved for white male statesmen. Rather than depict her riding the horse, however, the artist shows her leading it while holding a lantern aloft. Truth appears less to command than to seek, even as she brings light into a dark world. The artist submitted this maquette to a memorial statue competition in Truth’s hometown of Florence in Northampton, Massachusetts.
N-YHS Museum, Sculpture
Courtesy of the Artist
20 x 24 x 14 in. (50.8 x 61 x 35.6 cm)
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