This project came to life because of the contributions of many talented people. I'm very grateful to each of the individuals below for their unique contributions.
I cannot express enough gratitude to Jennifer Tosch for her continued support, time and encouragement. Born in Brooklyn New York to Dutch-Surinamese parents, she now lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she founded Black Heritage Tours - Amsterdam and New York. Jennifer is also a member of the Mapping Slavery Project. It was through Jennifer’s efforts and connection with the Afro-Dutch community both in the U.S. and in the Netherlands that helped secure most of the amazing video readings on this site.
I would also like to offer my sincere appreciation to Jeroen Dewulf for his introductions, ongoing assistance and who's contributions helped my research. Jeroen is an Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the German department where he teaches courses in both German and Dutch Studies; Director of the Institute of European Studies; and the Director of the Dutch Studies Program.
I would also like to recognize the valuable help of Shonna McDaniels, founder of the Sojourner Truth African American Museum. Shonna was invaluable in double checking some of my facts as well as putting me in touch with Sojourner's living family members.
Helene van Rossum
I would also like to acknowledge Helene van Rossum for her generosity of time and interest and for connecting me to many sources I utilized to create this site. Helene is a researcher who has uncovered many interesting and previously unknown data on Sojourner. In her free time Helene maintains an educational site for children and teachers about using shadow puppetry at home and in the classroom. She posted instructions online about how to make a puppet of Sojourner Truth that children may use to act out the speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” and compare it with the earlier version. http://www.pasttimeshistory.com/sojourner-truth-speech/
Christina Cahill, Amy Straus and Ulysses Less
I would like to pay special thanks and appreciation to Christina Cahill, Amy Straus and Ulysses Lee, at C4 Media, who in seeing the merits of the project, gave freely of their filming and editing expertise.
Mr. Thomas McLiechey
I would like to show my gratitude for the support of Mr. Thomas McLiechey, Sojourner’s 5th generation great grandson. My project would not have been possible without his blessing.
I would also like to give a huge thank you to all our wonderful and diverse readers who submitted their videos.
"I have done a great deal of work, as much as a man, but did not get so much pay. I used to work in the field and bind grain, keeping up with the cradler; but men doing no more, got twice as much pay... We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much."