This is the grave of Mum Bett, also known as Elizabeth Freeman, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. There is a lot of gratitude in this picture.
Mum Bett was a slave belonging to John Ashley. In 1780, she heard the words of the new Massachusetts
Constitution: " all men are born free and equal." Realizing that these words applied to her, she appealed to Theodore Sedgwick, a local lawyer and abolitionist, who successfully won her freedom.
In gratitude to him, she worked for him for many years.
When she died, the Sedgwick family, in gratitude for her many years of service, "in which she never violated a trust nor failed to perform a duty," buried her in the Sedgwick family plot. She is the non-family member so honored.
In gratitude for her role in the fight for equal rights, people honor her grave with memorial stones. When I was there, someone had brought her a miniature pumpkin.
The Elizabeth Freeman Center, a woman's crisis center in nearby Pittsfield, is named in her honor. In gratitude for their work, i have made quilts for the children brought to the shelter, and in return, I have received a thank-you note.