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Sojourner Truth License Plate Fund

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We need $15,000 to create a Sojourner Truth license plate in Michigan.

A bill introduced in 2015 by State Rep. Dr. John Bizon could put Sojourner Truth on Michigan license plates.

Under the bill --which has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee-- funds raised from the plate will be used to fund a future Sojourner Truth Museum.

Truth, a former slave who went on to become a famed abolitionist and advocate for women’s rights, is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. She moved to Battle Creek in 1857.

Bizon, R-Battle Creek, is the bill’s primary sponsor. There are 23 other sponsors of the bill.

House Bill 4967: Sojourner Truth Fund-Raising License Plate

The Secretary of State would design the fund-raising plate to recognize Sojourner Truth in conjunction with the Sojourner Truth Museum (being constructed in Battle Creek). A special new fund would be created within the Department of Treasury, and the Secretary of State would transfer donation money from the sale of the plate to the State Treasurer for crediting to that fund. The treasurer would then disburse money in the fund on a quarterly basis to the museum. The State Treasurer would be the administrator of the new fund for auditing purposes. The treasurer could receive money or other assets from any source for deposit into the fund. The treasurer would have to direct the investment of the funds and credit to it interest and earnings from fund investments. Money in the funds at the close of the fiscal year would remain in the funds and could not lapse into the state general fund.


The bill would result in a nominal increase in costs to the Department of State. The Michigan Vehicle Code requires a $15,000 startup fee to be paid to the department to offset the costs of developing, producing and issuing a new fundraising plate. The Department of State would receive a $10 service fee from drivers who purchase the fundraising plate, but the fee does not fully offset the costs to the department. The department can discontinue a fundraising plate if fewer than 2,000 plates are sold in the first year the plate is offered and fewer than 500 plates are sold in each of the next five years. The bill would not have a fiscal impact on local governments.

Michigan Legislative Analyst: E. Best
Michigan Fiscal Analyst: Perry Zielak

Sojourner Truth License Plate Fund
P.O. Box 4127
Battle Creek, Michigan 49016-4127

All donations are deductible from federal income tax.

Thank you in advance for supporting the Sojourner Truth license plate fund.

Jennifer Bowman of the Battle Creek Enquirer contributed information for this fundraising campaign.

Contact State Rep. Dr. John Bizon:

If the bill does not become law, your money will be refunded. 

Facebook Page: Sojourner Truth Museum

Organizer and beneficiary

William Stein
Battle Creek, MI
Baptism USA Ministries

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