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NY seeks ideas for Sojourner Truth monument by Hudson River

September 27, 2018

HIGHLAND, N.Y. (AP) — New York state wants to honor abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth.

State parks officials are seeking proposals for a monument near the west entrance of the Walkway Over the Hudson in Ulster County. Truth was born into slavery in that county on or around 1797.

She escaped slavery in 1826 and gained fame as an advocate for social reforms.

The state is seeking applications from artists to design, fabricate and install a monument to Truth. Officials say the monument can be figurative or abstract — as long as it captures her strength, vision and dedication to freedom and women’s rights.

The walkway is a redeveloped rail bridge over the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie.

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