Upper Housatonic Valley
African American Heritage Trail


Mum Bet Brochure

 



Mum Bet's Trail



GUIDE


10 sites in Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield
associated with Mum Bet's life and quest for freedom

Mum Bet (c. 1744-1829) was enslaved in the Sheffield home of Col. John Ashley. 
In 1781 she successfully sued Col. Ashley for her freedom,
whereupon she took the name of Elizabeth Freeman and
went with her daughter to work for the Sedgwick family in Stockbridge.
She was respected as a skilled and caring nurse and midwife and 
lived the last twenty-one years of her life in her own home with her family.
She is buried in their family plot in Stockbridge Cemetery.


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