Mum Bett exhibition and Mum Bett Walk to Freedom this weekend in Sheffield

The Sheffield Historical Society will present an outdoor exhibit celebrating Mum Bett, the first slave to successfully sue for freedom, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Aug. 21 to 23, on the Society grounds, 159 Main St., next to the Town Hall parking lot.

The exhibit is a collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations, Housatonic Heritage, and Crow Flies Press.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and follows social distancing and mask guidelines. For more information visit or call 413-229-2694.

The 11th annual “Mum Bett Walk to Freedom” will be held Sunday, Aug. 23. The 4 mile walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Ashley House, 117 Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls, and ends at the Sheffield Town Green.

Bring a mask and water bottle. Social distancing precautions apply. No shuttle transportation will be provided this year.

This is also a Black Lives Matter march and signs are welcome. All pledges will be donated to the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP.

For more information or to sign up, call Crow Flies Press at 413-429-6561.

Written by Judith