Kathryn Woods

Recreating the remarkable life of famous abolitionist, feminist, and escaped slave Sojourner Truth, Kathryn Woods memorializes 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.
  • Ms. 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. Woods has also performed in Moscow and at the Edinburgh Arts Festival.