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Elizabeth Freeman Miniature portrait, watercolor on ivory
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[ This description is from the project: MHS 225th Anniversary ]

This watercolor-on-ivory miniature portrait was painted by Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick in 1811. Its subject is Elizabeth Freeman, known as "Mumbet," an enslaved woman who sued for her freedom in 1781 and set the legal precedent for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts.