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Jill '66's picture

Thoughts on the Sojourner Truth Plate

Between the outward face of powerful rage and the inward face of unspeakable personal knowledge, there is a tribal face, more conventional, less individual,than the others and harder to interpret. That image stands for her place in human history,from which she has taken, regardless of whether she was man or woman, a large and perhaps mostly unconscious sense of place, identity, and character. None of the images is less authentic than another and all are essential. To me, that mask is compelling and mysterious. It's exactly what I can't share with Sojourner Truth.


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