Place the Statue of Sojourner Truth in New Paltz
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At the February 1, 2018, New Paltz Town Council meeting the board unanimously adopted a resolution requesting that the statue of Sojourner Truth slated to be placed on the Empire State Trail in Ulster County be sited within the Town of New Paltz.
We are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, and Empire State Trail Director Andy Beers to consider this request. If you support this proposal please sign the petition.
WHEREAS, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced in November 2017 that, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York, the State of New York will dedicate and build a statue commemorating Sojourner Truth, and
WHEREAS, the statue of Truth will be sited on the Empire State Trail, which runs through the Town of New Paltz and
WHEREAS, Truth detailed in the “Narrative of Sojourner Truth” that she resided in the Town of New Paltz from 1810 to 1828, and
WHEREAS, Truth was born into slavery circa 1797, sold three times, and ultimately escaped to freedom in 1826, and
WHEREAS, in Ulster County Court in 1828, Truth successfully won back her son who was illegally sold into slavery, becoming the first black woman to win such a case against a white man, and
WHEREAS, in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, Truth delivered her most famous speech titled "Ain't I A Woman?" which advocated for equal rights for all women, and
WHEREAS, Truth lectured around the nation about women's rights, voting rights, prison reform, and against capital punishment until her death in 1883,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Paltz Town Board believes that Truth's lifelong commitment to social justice, empowering underrepresented groups, and willingness to speak truth to power fits in with the long-held ideals of the New Paltz community, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New Paltz Town Board formally requests that the Sojourner Truth statue be placed on the Empire State Trail within the Town of New Paltz and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator John Bonacic, Assemblymember Kevin Cahill and Empire State Trail Director Andy Beers.
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