Book of the Week (2/20/2017)

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2017.)

While researching stories about slaves in New Hampshire months ago for my own interest, I came upon the name of Ona Judge and was fascinated by her story. Owned by George and Martha Washington as a slave in Philadelphia (the temporary seat of the nation’s capital), Ona escaped to Portsmouth, NH, and lived out the rest of her life in Greenland, NH. When I heard that "Never Caught" was coming out, I was very interested to learn about hidden NH and national history, and the amazing story of Ona Judge.

"Dunbar brings to life the forgotten story of a woman who fled enslavement from America’s First Family. Her mostly Northern story is a powerful reminder that the tentacles of slavery could reach from the South, all the way to the state of New Hampshire. The surprising part of this true history is not that she achieved her freedom, but the lengths to which George and Martha Washington would go to try to recapture a young woman who insulted them by rejecting bondage." --Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Dean of Commonwealth Honors College and author of Mr & Ms. Prince.

Erica will be at Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Concord, NH promoting "Never Caught".

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