The Story of Ona Judge

Ona Judge was an enslaved seamstress at Mount Vernon. She was forced to travel to and from the Presidential house in Philadelphia and eventually gained her freedom by journeying to New Hampshire in 1796. Ona remained free for the rest of her life, despite Washington's attempts to bring her back into enslavement. Scroll to learn more about her life, experiences, and resistance. 

Ona Judge

Ona Judge

Read about how Ona Judge successfully self-emancipated from enslavement and Washington's efforts to re-enslave her. 

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Watch this three-minute video that describes Ona Judge's life, self-emancipation, and interaction with the Washingtons.

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