Hannah Freeman Beans



Joe Baker provides context about the beans growing in the Morgan Garden.

Joe Baker: The bean plants here also have a connection to a Lenape woman: they are named for Hannah Freeman, a Lenape woman who lived in the Brandywine Valley west of Philadelphia in the eighteenth century. Freeman and many of her family members stayed on their ancestral lands, and she grew and preserved this traditional bean. A basketweaver and farmer, she continued traditional practices until her death in 1802. She lived in the area that was known as the William Penn landing site. Dispatched by the British, Penn was to claim what is now Pennsylvania as a British Colony in 1682. This set in motion a series of forced removals of Lenape people, most notably the Walking Purchase in 1737. The Walking Purchase was consigned under protest by my 6th great grandfather, Chief Nutimus.