Elizabeth “MumBet” Freeman

MumBet was born a slave but did not die a slave. After 30 years of bondage, she successfully sued and won her freedom from Colonel Ashley. She received compensation of $30 for back pay as a slave. MumBet was known for having the courage to speak what was in her heart and to stand up for those who could not stand for themselves. “Anytime, anytime while I was a slave, If one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it–just to stand one minute on God’s airth a free woman -I would.”



One Minute of Freedom

Hartford Courant – Honoring a Slave Heroine

Fall River Herald News – Early Civil Rights Story

New Bedford Standard Times – Honoring a Heroine

Hartford Courant – Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hartford Courant – Historic Village to Host Storyteller

Landmark will Feature Martin Luther King Program

Mumbet Freedman at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Historic Village to Host Storyteller – The Hartford Courant

WFCR Interview with “Mumbet Freedman”