23 2017

Mumbet's Walk to Freedom

10:45AM - 12:00PM  

This Federation event will be held at Congregation Knesset Israel 16 Colt Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Nancy Maurice Rogers
413-442-4360 x 15


The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community series welcomes historical interpreter Ann-Elizabeth Barnes who will tell the story of Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet), the African slave woman who lived in MA and who sued for her freedom.

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes lives in South Egremont.  In the year 2000, she became an historic site interpreter for the Trustees of Reservations, primarily at the Ashley House n Sheffield and the Mission House in Stockbridge.  While there, she discovered the story of Mumbet, the enslaved woman who successfully sued for her freedom in 1781 basing her case on the newly ratified Massachusetts Constitution that stated "all men are created free and equal."  Based on her case and one other, two years later, Massachusetts banned slavery, 80 years before the Civil War.

Barnes will tell the story of Mumbet and describe the process she went through in writing the book "A Free Woman on God's Earth," the true story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, the slave who won her freedom.

This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.