Sheffield— On Sunday, August 20th, the Sheffield Historical Society hosts their annual Elizabeth Freeman Celebration Day on the anniversary of her court case where she gained her freedom from slavery.

The events start at 9 a.m. with the 13th Annual “Elizabeth Freeman Walk to Freedom” leaving from the Ashley House at 117 Cooper Hill Raid in Ashley Falls. At 10:30 a.m., there is a brief talk at the “Elizabeth Freeman & Shays’ Rebellion” exhibit in the Old Stone Store at 137 Main Street in Sheffield. The Elizabeth Freeman Essay Award Ceremony is scheduled for the afternoon, details to be announced.

At 4 p.m., the day culminates with a performance of “Meet Elizabeth Freeman” a play by Teresa Miller at the First Congregational Church of Sheffield at 125 Main Street in Sheffield, followed by a reception. Wanda Houston will be reprising her role as Elizabeth Freeman, with music by Maggie McRae. 

The event is on Sunday, August 20th beginning at 9 a.m. More information and play tickets can be found online. Play tickets are free for everyone. 

Statue of Elizabeth Freeman at Sheffield’s Town Green

Statue of Elizabeth Freeman in the Ntional Museum of African American History, Washington D.C.