Black History: Elizabeth Freeman

Black History Discussion: Elizabeth Freeman
Monday, February 6, 2023, 6:30 p.m.
Millicent Library, 45 Center St. (Walnut St. entrance)

During Black History Month, the Friends of the Millicent Library presents informal talks and discussions about Black people in Massachusetts and Rhode Island who changed history. We will talk about the realities of northern slavery and the challenges that continued after emancipation.

The conversations will be led by Beth Luey, a Fairhaven resident who has written about these fascinating historical figures. The talks will begin at 6:30 and last about an hour.

Monday, February 6: Elizabeth Freeman (“Mumbet”). “Bet,” enslaved in the Sheffield home of Colonel John Ashley, sued for her freedom in 1781. She won, effectively ending slavery in the Commonwealth, and went on to become a much-respected midwife, healer, and property owner.

This discussion will take place in the auditorium of the Millicent Library. Disabled Accessible. Free. Donations accepted. Registration can be completed on our website:

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