Basic Black

Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman

Season 2021 Episode 15 | 26m 46s | Video has closed captioning.

This Black History Month, we're honoring the legacy of Elizabeth "Mum Bett" Freeman, the first enslaved African-American woman in Massachusetts to successfully win a freedom lawsuit in 1781. In Freeman's case, it targeted the state and she won in a ruling that proved slavery was illegal per Massachusetts's state constitution of 1780.

Aired: 02/25/22

Rating: NR

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Basic Black is a local public television program presented by GBH.