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HVP March 2019

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Page 20 of 35 n Hudson Valley Parent 21 rights activist, and even met with President Lincoln. How did she feel back in 1826 when she fled from her master in Esopus, New York, with a baby under her arm to start a new life? We can be pretty sure she was angry. She left because her master had reneged on his promise to free her. She certainly felt frightened -she would face serious trouble if she were caught. And she must have felt tormented-she left without three of her children. One, a five-year-old named Peter, was sold illegally to a slaveholder in Alabama. Sojourner showed her strength once again when she sued for his return. She became the first black woman to win a court case against a white man. Walking a mile in her shoes could be informative, but keeping pace with Sojourner wouldn't have been easy. She is said to have been 6 feet tall. What's more, she started her journey an hour before sunrise. Try traveling at night if you dare. She found her way to New Paltz, where a landowner and his wife took her and her baby in, paying off her owner and allowing her to live with them until New York State's emancipation took effect, about six months later. The Sojourner Truth Freedom Trail begins in West Park, at the corner of Floyd Ackert Road and Route 9W. It proceeds to Poppletown Road. The final road in the Freedom Trail network is Van Wagner Road, named for the family who took her in and purchased her freedom. On Route 213 there is a stop at the Sojourner Truth historical marker on the right side of the road by the water. For a map of the Sojourner Truth Freedom Trail, visit brochures/sojournertrail.pdf Gloria Smith is a freelance writer, contributing articles on a wide range of subjects from health to history and real estate. An avid pilot, she is a columnist for the Comanche Flyer, a trade journal for the type of airplane she flies. Tuesday • 4-7PM Happy Meal Discounts 845-457-9581 2083 State Hwy. Rt. 208 S. Montgomery, NY Wednesday • 5-7PM Happy Meal Discounts Ice Cream, Crafts And Kid's Videos 845-446-4935 104 West Point Hwy. Highland Falls, NY Tuesday • 4-7PM Happy Meal Discounts 973-293-3671 13 State Rt. 23 #4 Montague Township, NJ Tuesday • 4-7PM Happy Meal Discounts 845-292-3107 58 Sullivan Ave. Liberty, NY Wednesday • 5-7PM Happy Meal Discounts 845-565-2327 65 N. Plank Road Newburgh, NY Singing lessons for all ages - preschoolers through teens " (845) 462-6209 A Suzuki Method curriculum.

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