Sojourner Truth enjoyed the Pinkster (Pentecost) holiday so much that she was tempted to return to the slaveholder from whom she had escaped in order to partake of the annual festival in 1827. It’s not to soon to start planning a visit to Sleep Hollow, N.Y. on Sunday, May 17, 2015 to celebrate this African-American celebration of spring. This cross-cultural festival brings the past to the present from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. .
For a modest admission fee (see the website for details: http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/discover-pinkster ) Living history actors in colonial style dress encourage participation in drumming and traditional dances. There will be demonstrations of African musical instruments and utilitarian objects. A menu of Pinkster dishes is offered. All this and more re-creates the joyful experience Sojourner loved and that allowed enslaved people pleasure at least once a year.