Having campaigned for Grant in Michigan, Truth demands to register to vote. Denied but undaunted, she appears at the polling station on Election Day to argue for her voting rights as a citizen, property owner, and taxpayer.

Amid heated debate over the 14th and 15th amendments, Truth urged women to solidarity and steadfastness: “Before I leave [the world], I want to see equality … to see women have their rights. … Let us finish it up so that there be no more fighting. I have faith in God and there is truth in humanity. Be strong women! Blush not! Tremble not!”

Photo: Horning, Sojourner Truth, 187-?, carte de visite, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan