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The House of the Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at Seven Gables

  • The House of the Seven Gables 115 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)

Judge Ye Weather Or Noe I Hadent Ort To Be Set At Liberty

Jeanne Pickering, a Master’s student at Salem State University, 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

Gables Members: Free

Non-Members: $7.00

To reserve your spot for this lecture please visit, or email, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

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