Sheffield: Events celebrate Elizabeth Freeman Day

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The Trustees of Reservations will celebrate Elizabeth Freeman Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug 20, at the Col. John Ashley House, Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls.

Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery on Aug. 21, 1781, in Sheffield, more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

The public is invited to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Freeman on her walk to freedom at 10 a.m. to the historic home of Theodore Sedgwick, where, at 11:30 a.m., state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will read the proclamation that freed Mumbet from slavery.

Shuttles will return walkers to the Ashley House for the afternoon activities which include guided tours of the Ashley House where Freeman was enslaved, a dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story," a noon barbecue, and refreshments.


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