Following in Elizabeth Freeman's wake

Following in Elizabeth Freeman's wake

There are 2 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 24, 2010, titled Following in Elizabeth Freeman's wake. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A well-executed pursuit of the past may shed light on the present. Elizabeth Freeman was a pioneer in the African-American experience -- the first woman to successfully sue for her liberty in Massachusetts.

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Richard Mann

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jul 5, 2010
Although i am familiar with the story ,only for three years, I might add,there are several layers of importance to it.The trial was held in Great Barrington I believe and because of her success it is my belief that GB became a beacon for runaways. My grandmother Hattie Franklin Chinn Mann grew up there until she left for Hampton institute around 1887.her mother Martha Gunn Chinn migrated to GB from Ohio, her father Gabriel Gunn traveled from the Berkshire area with whites in the early 1800's to Ohio, Martha Gunn's second husband William Chinn escaped slavery in Long Island and made his way to GB.Grandma Chinn is buried in GB.
Another View

Queensbury, NY

#2 Jul 5, 2010
Richard Mann wrote:
Although i am familiar with the story ,only for three years, I might add,there are several layers of importance to it.The trial was held in Great Barrington I believe and because of her success it is my belief that GB became a beacon for runaways. My grandmother Hattie Franklin Chinn Mann grew up there until she left for Hampton institute around 1887.her mother Martha Gunn Chinn migrated to GB from Ohio, her father Gabriel Gunn traveled from the Berkshire area with whites in the early 1800's to Ohio, Martha Gunn's second husband William Chinn escaped slavery in Long Island and made his way to GB.Grandma Chinn is buried in GB.
Thank you for "the rest of the story."

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