BORN

c 1742

DIED

December 28, 1829

Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman

Among the first enslaved people in Massachusetts to successfully sue for her freedom, encouraging the state to abolish slavery.

Any time, any time while I was a slave, if one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it—just to stand one minute on God’s airth [sic] a free woman— I would.

—Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman

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