Statue Honors Once-Enslaved Woman Who Won Freedom in Court

Elizabeth Freeman is “clearly a hidden figure in American history, and I really believe Black history is American history,” Rep. William Pignatelli said


A bronze statue of an enslaved woman from Massachusetts who went to court to win her freedom in 1781 has been unveiled in the Berkshires. The statue of Elizabeth Freeman was unveiled Sunday during a ceremony in Sheffield that was expected to attract about 200 people. Freeman was inspired to sue for her freedom by the words of the Sheffield Resolves and the state constitution that both say all men are free and equal. Historians say the case essentially ended slavery in Massachusetts. The effort to raise the statue was spearheaded by state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli.

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