Are You Ready For Truth?
That was the name of our campaign to introduce the wonderful monument of Sojourner Truth in
downtown Battle Creek. The image at right gives a glimpse of the completed monument. Click here to read about the unveiling
The Sojourner Truth Institute
of Battle Creek
In 1995 a group of Battle Creek citizens organized the Sojourner Truth 200th
Anniversary Committee to prepare for the bicentennial of Truth's birth in 1997. After a
year-long series of artistic and educational programs and special events, the Committee
saw that there was a continuing need to explore and celebrate Sojourner Truth's life
beyond the anniversary year.
In 1998 the Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek was established as an affiliate
of the Battle Creek Community Foundation to "expand the historical and biographical
knowledge of her life's work and carry on her mission by teaching, demonstrating and
promoting projects that accentuate the ideals and principles for which she stood."
The Institute maintains volunteer and administrative headquarters with
Heritage Battle Creek in
the Fieldstone Center, 165 North Washington. In
addition, the Heritage Battle Creek Research Center houses
one of the most extensive
archives of Sojourner Truth artifacts and records in the United States.
Funding support for this site comes from the Michigan Humanities Council, the Miller
Foundation, and other organizations and individuals.
support for this site comes from the Michigan Humanities Council, the Miller Foundation,
and other organizations and individuals.