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Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet)| She Inspires

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Abolitionist Mumbet (later choosing the name Elizabeth Freeman), who was born in Claverack in the 1700s, is a symbol of courage to all who strive for freedom. She worked as a slave in western Massachusetts until she sued for her freedom and won. Image courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations and the African American Heritage Trail, a project of the Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area. Who inspires you? Share your story #SheInspiresMeWMHT

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Elizabeth Freeman on Finding Your Roots

Mumbet was a female slave who, after hearing the Declaration of Independence read, decided to seek her own freedom. Kyra Sedgwick's ancestor, Theodore Sedgwick, served as Mumbet's lawyer and helped her ultimately win her freedom.

 

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The Ashley House, Sheffield MA: An Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail anchor site, this 1735 house was home to Col. John Ashley, who petitioned against British tyranny. In 1781, Mum Bett, an enslaved African American in the Ashley household, took a stand for her freedom, which helped end slavery in Massachusetts.

 

Images courtesy of: The Trustees of Reservations and the African American Heritage Trail, a project of the Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area