Elizabeth Freeman, sometime in 1700’s, was born in slavery in New York. She was then sold to John Asley, whom she worked for at least 30 years. Listening to her master’s friends discuss the newly ratified Massachusetts Constitution, she concluded that if all people was born free and equal, so was she. Mrs. Freeman then found her a lawyer, Theodore Sedgwick, who supported the anti-slavery cause. He took her case, and convinced a jury in Berkshire County, to declare her free, on August 22, 1781.