Elizabeth Freeman Day

In August 1781, Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman successfully sued and won her freedom in Massachusetts.

MAAM's inaugural exhibition, Valkyrie Mumbet, and the following activities honor the life of this courageous woman. MAAM is partnering with The Trustees to salute Freeman and her important role in Massachusetts history to help abolish slavery. Learn about the Ashley House and hear about Freeman's historic legacy.


Honor Your Hero

Looking to Learn Educator Julia Einstein teaches us how to paint a miniature portrait to recognize someone who has impacted your life.

Honor Your Hero Instruction



Tammy Denease and Michaela Blanc

Tammy Denease – performing artist, storyteller, actor, and playwright – and Curatorial Fellow Michaela Blanc examine the heroic life of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman.

In this conversation, Denease and Blanc discuss the importance of knowing our history, understanding systems of oppression, and recognizing the power of storytelling to give a voice to those who have been excluded from the historical record.

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Story Time

Mesma Belsare Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman Story Time

Join MAAM Curator of Education Mesma Belsaré for a reading of Mumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle.



Trustees Tour

Ashley House - The Trustees Small

Trustees Curator Mark Wilson takes us on a virtual tour and discusses Freeman’s story of freedom and justice.

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