Elizabeth Freeman and the Telling of Black Stories

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Name: Elizabeth Freeman and the Telling of Black Stories
Date: August 19, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Event Description:
Elizabeth Freeman and the Telling of Black Stories Friday, August 19th, 4pm Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main Street Sheffield, MA 01257 Reception to follow Suggested donation at the door For more information contact: The Du Bois Freedom Center: esills@duboisfreedomcenter.org Dewey Hall: deweymemorialhall@gmail.com, 413 429 1322 The W. E. B. Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy will present a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of Elizabeth Freeman, the first enslaved African American to successfully sue for her freedom in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Freeman never had an opportunity to tell her own story publicly, and subsequent interpretation has largely been shaped by descendants of her white employers, with a focus on her years as their “devoted servant.” In this roundtable, historians Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Dr. Sari Edelstein, Dr. Kendra T. Field, and Dr. Frances Jones Sneed will engage with the realities of Freeman’s complex story and use it as an entryway into a larger conversation about stories, silences, and the ethics of African American public history. The roundtable discussion will take place at 4:00 p.m. at Dewey Hall and be followed by a reception. For details, visit www.duboisfreedomcenter.org. Elizabeth Freeman and the telling of Black Stories is cosponsored by the African American Trail Project at Tufts University and Dewey Memorial Hall and is supported by the Sheffield Historical Society. The roundtable is the first in a series of events honoring Elizabeth Freeman’s journey to freedom to take place in Sheffield this weekend. For the full schedule of events go to: https://sheffieldhistory.weebly.com/elizabeth-freeman-monument.html For more information on the W. E. B. Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy visit https://www.duboisfreedomcenter.org/
Location:
Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main Street Sheffield, MA 01257
Date/Time Information:
Friday, August 19th, 4pm
Contact Information:
413 429 1322
Fees/Admission:
$0
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