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“Judge Ye Weather or Noe I Hadent Ort to be Set at Liberty”: Essex County Freedom Suits in Revolutionary Massachusetts

June 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Jeanne Pickering, a Master’s student at Salem State College, will review how slavery’s gradual ending in revolutionary Massachusetts began with lawsuits for freedom filed by enslaved people in Essex County prior to the War. As Patriots agitated for their liberty from British Imperial rule, enslaved laborers argued to protect themselves and their families from the disruption of enslavement.

Jeanne Pickering is a graduate student in history at Salem State University, finishing her Masters thesis on the Essex County freedom suits. Her research interests are the social and cultural aspects of colonial slavery in rural Massachusetts concentrating on the North Shore. She regularly speaks on slavery in Essex County to local history groups and runs a website on Essex County slavery at NorthShoreSlavery.org.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please CLICK HERE, or email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.


House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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