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This Presidents Day event features Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Charles & Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University, and the Inaugural Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She will present her groundbreaking findings from her award-winning book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, and from the Young Reader’s edition of the book, Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave who Dared to Run Away.
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs.
With impeccable research, historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves a powerful tale and offers fascinating new scholarship on how one young woman risked it all to gain freedom from the famous founding father.