Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman: From Slavery to Freedom | Lectures & Talks | Chronogram Magazine

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Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman: From Slavery to Freedom

When: Thu., Jan. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. 2022

Berkshire County has been home to many prominent African Americans, including W.E.B. DuBois, James Van Der Zee, and Elizabeth Freeman, the first enslaved African American woman to successfully file a lawsuit for freedom in Massachusetts. Her 1780 case set a precedent that led to the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts a few years later. MCLA Professor Emerita Frances Jones-Sneed will tell Freeman’s story, its implications, and current efforts to share it widely, from a planned motion picture to a commemorative statue in Sheffield, joining one on view at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington DC.

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