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Sojourner Truth, the famous civil rights leader, evangelist, and abolitionist, was born and raised in what was then part of the town of Hurley before being freed when New York freed all of the slaves in the state in 1828.
Sojourner Truth was a forthright woman. Debra Zuill, an accomplished thespian, portrays this famous woman of history in a skit called “Ain’t I a Woman?” Experience Sojourner Truth’s manner of dealing with prejudice and the lack of women’s rights, and observe her independence and brave demeanor. You will feel, through Ms. Zuill’s presentation, the tenor of the mid 1800’s when black and white women had few privileges or freedoms.
You can see additional information on another website, SojournerTruth.com.
1996 News release from NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration:
NASA Names First Rover to Explore the Surface of Mars
The name Sojourner was chosen for the Mars Pathfinder rover after a year-long, worldwide competition in which students up to 18 years old were invited to select a heroine and submit an essay about her historical accomplishments. The students were asked to address in their essays how a planetary rover named for their heroine would translate these accomplishments to the Martian environment.
Initiated in March 1994 by The Planetary Society of Pasadena, CA, in cooperation with NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the contest got under way with an announcement in the January 1995 issue of the National Science Teachers Associations magazine “Science and Children,” which is circulated to 20,000 teachers and schools across the nation.
The selection of winners from this group by representatives from JPL and NASA Headquarters was based on several factors: the quality and creativity of the essay, taking into consideration the age of each contestant; the appropriateness of the name for a Mars rover; and the knowledge of the heroine and the understanding of the Pathfinder rovers mission conveyed in the essay.
The second place prize winner was Deepti Rohatgi, 18, of Rockville, MD, who proposed naming the rover after Marie Curie, a Polish-born chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1911 for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. The third place prize went to Adam Sheedy, 16, of Round Rock, TX, who chose the late astronaut Judith Resnik as his namesake for the new rover.
Other popular names included Sacajewea, who explored North America with Lewis and Clark; Amelia Earhart, one of the first female aviators; Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom; Harriet Tubman, a 19th-century African-American writer and political reformist; Greek goddesses Minerva and Atalanta; and Thumbelina, the tiny fairy tale character created by Hans Christian Andersen.