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On Thursday, June 20th at 2 pm storyteller and museum educator Tammy Denease will present “Honoring a Heroine: The MumBet Story” at the David M. Hunt Library in partnership with the Falls Village Equity Project.

The performance is based on the true story of Elizabeth “MumBet” Freeman, a young enslaved woman who won her freedom in court in 1781, citing language in the Massachusetts constitution: “all men are born free and equal.” MumBet spent 30 years enslaved in the household of Colonel John Ashley of Sheffield, Massachusetts. Once free, she took the name Elizabeth Freeman, and was employed by the Sedgwick family as a nurse, healer and midwife. MumBet’s case was a precursor to the 1783 decision that ended slavery in Massachusetts.

This all ages program is free and open to the public.

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