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The Berkshires, Massachusetts
1630 Dublin Road
Richmond, MA 01254
The practice of law and the fight for justice goes back a long time in the Berkshires. The Sheffield Resolves (1773) was an early Colonial American petition against British rule and manifesto for individual rights. Elizabeth Freeman (c.1744—December 28, 1829), also known as Bet or MumBet, was the first black slave to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts.
This two-room law office in Sheffield, built about 1820, served three lawyers throughout the 19th century. The law office was included in the 1935 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and still stands today.