"A Free Woman On God's Earth" is a juvenile biography for ages 8 and up containing over 40 illustrations. It is the story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, the enslaved African woman who had the courage and conviction to speak what was in her heart, suing for her freedom in a Massachusetts court of law. In gaining her own freedom, she set the stage for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts in 1783. An engaging history that fulfils the many Curriculum Frameworks for third, fourth and fifth grades in the categories of Local Biography, Local History, Revolutionary War Heroes.
An illustration by Jacqueline Rogers from the book
Co-writers Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes and Illustrator Jacqueline Rogers at a book signing.
What People Are Saying
John Sedgwick, New York Times bestselling author of In My Blood says, "With her soulful pride and majestic grace, Mumbet is a woman of lovely paradox. Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes have captured that and more in this lively and moving account of Mumbet's impressive life, a book that is sure to bring yet another generation of readers and citizens into the thrall of this great American heroine."
E.B. Lewis, Coretta Scot King Award winning children's book illustrator, says, "I believe in the cause! We have to get these stories out to the children. We cannot let this legacy die! Wonderfully told!"
Wray Gunn, Board of Directors African American Heritage Trail calls "A Free Woman on God's Earth," "...a fascinating presentation on the facts of Mumbet's life. ...easy to read with the story line presented in a straight forward way. ...exciting passages that I reread a second time ..."
"A Free Woman On God's Earth" by Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes is a beautifully told history of one of the bravest woman to grace the American landscape. Told with sensitivity and love, this story will have children wanting to learn more about the unsung heroes and heroines who shaped the course of history. "A Free Woman On God's Earth" is about the power of one voice and the triumph of the human spirit. I highly recommend this book for children and teachers." Martin Meader, Author of The Adventures of Charlie & Moon, and The Co-Executive Producer/Co-Story Writer Paradise Road.