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The life of Ona Judge, George Washington’s runaway slave

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George Washington (1732 - 1799), the 1st President of the United States at Mount Vernon farm on the Potomac where he grew up, farmed and finally died. Three Lions/Getty Images

In “Never Caught,” historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar recounts the story of Ona Judge, one of George Washington’s former slaves.

Dunbar explores Ona Judge’s life as a runaway, as well as the Washingtons’ persistent and sometimes illegal attempts to recapture her, in a narrative that sheds new light on the U.S.’s founding father and the complex state of slavery in late 18th century America.

Dunbar will be speaking and signing books on Monday, March 20, at 7pm, at Eso Won Books. For more information, click here.


Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware; author of “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave

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