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Elizabeth Freeman

  • Any time, any time 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 earth a free woman — I would.

    • Elizabeth Freeman,
    • in Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Slavery in New England ()
  • [When asked how she learned about the Bill of Rights, which she used to sue for her freedom:] By keepin' still and mindin' things.

    • Elizabeth Freeman,
    • 1781, in Harriet Martineau, Retrospect of Western Travel ()

Elizabeth Freeman, U.S. winner of a freedom suit saying slavery was illegal

(1742 - 1829)

Early on, she was known as Bett, later Mum Bett.