The Life of Ona Judge

5:39 Published February 24, 2019

Ona "Oney" Judge Staines served as personal servant to Martha Washington until she escaped from the President's Mansion in Philadelphia and relocated to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1796. Much is known of Judge's life in comparison to Washington's other slaves, as a result of newspaper interviews she gave in 1845 and 1847, as well as George Washington’s frustrated attempts to recover her after she ran away. In this video, character interpreter Brenda Parker, shares the story of Ona Judge, and how she ran away from George Washington to attain her freedom.

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