Sojourner Truth Rededication Ceremony at NVC

March 30, 2023

Northwest Vista College honors abolitionist Sojourner Truth with a rededication of her memorial

20 Year Anniversary of NVC’s Memorial During Women’s History Month


To celebrate Women’s History month and the 20th Anniversary of the Northwest Vista College (NVC) Sojourner Truth Memorial, the college held a rededication ceremony from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2023, in the Community Peace Garden adjacent to Manzanillo Hall.

The event included a land acknowledgment, the story of Sojourner Truth, and a reading of the speech Ain’t I A Woman which she delivered at the 1851 Women’s Right Convention in Akron, Ohio.


“Northwest Vista College established this memorial 20 years ago in an effort to honor the work of Sojourner Truth who was an advocate for women’s rights and fought against slavery in the abolitionist movement,” said Interim NVC President Debi Gaitan. “Our commitment to diversity, community and synergy is embedded in our college history, touchstones and our mission to create opportunities for success,” she added.

“This new location for the memorial in the Community Peace Garden provides an area where anyone can come to reflect on Sojourner Truth’s life, activism, sacrifice, and unwavering commitment to truth and justice,” said NVC art faculty coordinator and Women’s History Month committee member Rachael Bower.

The ceremony ended with the rededication and a musical ensemble performance of the Black National Anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing. (Watch the video summary below!)

About Northwest Vista College:

Northwest Vista College - Alamo Colleges District opened in 1995 with 12 students and is now one of the largest college institutions in San Antonio. Students pursue associate degrees and certificates, as well as transfer to four-year institutions. Located in Westover Hills, Northwest Vista College’s expanding agreements with business and higher education partnerships provide a wealth of opportunities for students and the community.