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Who was Ona Judge?
Hear the remarkable, true story of a young woman named Ona Judge who was born enslaved at George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation. Ona became a talented seamstress as well as Martha Washington’s personal maid.
She travelled to New York with the Washingtons when George Washington became the first president. She later moved to Philadelphia with the Washington family when the city became the nation’s capital.
One night, in 1796, Ona Judge did something remarkable— she walked out of the house of the most powerful man in America, escaping enslavement to pursue her own liberty. President Washington spent the next three years —using the powers of his office— to try to track her down and recover his “property.”
Sponsor: BMCC student BMCC student Kenneth Davis and Professor Giulia Zeni, Modern Languages Department.
This is a CCT (Co-Curricular Transcript) event.
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