Friends Of Marlborough Public Library

Please join the Friends of Marlborough Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 7 PM when they present “Sojourner Truth: A Woman, Ain’t I?” as portrayed by Kathryn Woods in a tribute to Black History Month.

Kathryn Woods recreates the remarkable life of famous abolitionist, feminist and escaped slave, Sojourner Truth, one of the most significant figures in American history.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was sold into slavery in Hurley, New York, as Isabella Baumfree.  During her 29 years as a slave she developed a close relationship with God which enabled her, in 1843, to rename herself Sojourner Truth and walk away from slavery.

Joining other notable abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, Sojourner took to the road to free her people.  She became a powerful speaker against slavery and for the rights of women.  As the end of the Civil War drew near she was appointed counselor for the Freedman’s Relief Association. The last years of her life were spent petitioning the U.S. Government to turn over western lands to ex-slaves.

The program joins Sojourner Truth at the end of her life.  She recalls her early days as a slave, details her relationship with God and shares poignant stories of her days walking through this land.  Ms. Woods uses Sojourner’s own words and the spiritual music she may have sung to recreate this inspiring woman.

Kathryn Woods has acted in Boston for many years.  Her credits include performances with Theatreworks, People’s Theatre, The Wheelock Family Theatre and the Underground Railway Theatre.  She has also performed in Moscow and at the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

This program will take place in Bigelow Auditorium at Marlborough Public Library located at 35 West Main Street, Marlborough.  Admission is free and open to the public and the auditorium is fully handicapped accessible.

This event is the fifth in the 2016-2017 Special Program Series as the Friends celebrate their 47th year of enriching the cultural lives of residents.  This program is funded and sponsored in part by the Ezra Cutting Trust-Bank of America Trustee; a grant from the Marlborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; by The Friends Memorial Fund; and a gift from the Cummings Properties in honor of Ginger Ryan.

For more information contact:  Peggy Schwarz Ayres, Friends Special Program Series Chair at 508-481-7118 or or Ray Johnson at 413-648-9663 or or go to The Friends website  Like us on our Facebook Page—Friends of Marlborough Public library.

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