Group wants prominent display of Sojourner Truth likeness
April 22, 1997
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A group called the "Sojourner Truth Crusade" opposes moving a statue of white suffragettes from the crypt of the Capitol to the Capitol rotunda, unless a likeness of Sojourner Truth, a black abolitionist and feminist, is included.
More than 20 speakers argued at a podium Tuesday that a statue of Truth should be moved along with the statue of suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.
A four-year battle has been waged by a coalition of women's organizations to move the 13-ton statue to the venue now dominated by male statues.
The move, finally approved by Congress, now is opposed by African-American women's groups, notably the National Political Congress of Black Women, unless Truth is included. One option would be to commission a new statue that would include Truth, advocates said.
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