Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Never Caught, Ona Judge

Sunday, March 5, 2017, Elinor Hooker Williams Tea Talk – Join Us!

Free and open to the public.


12:30 – 1:30 pm Optional Tour of Governor John Langdon Mansion (THE TOUR IS FULL! Sorry, no more space available)
Please join us for the following:
2: 00- 2:30 pm Living History Performance at Temple Israel Social Hall, 200 State St., Portsmouth NH
2:30 – 3:15 Author Presentation
3:15 – 4:00 Q&A

Author Presentation, Living History Performance, Book Signing & House Tour

During the Spring of 1796, George Washington’s final months in office, Ona Judge Staines, a dowager slave owned by the First Family, escaped the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia with the aid of that city’s free black community, and made her way to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. What followed was a drama that put some of early America’s most famous families, including the Langdons and Whipples, in direct conflict with the most powerful man in the country, the President.

Dunbar authorJoin Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar as she presents eye-opening new scholarship on America’s First Family, the Washington’s, and Ona Marie Judge, their runaway slave. Impeccably researched, Dunbar’s new book, Never Caught weaves a powerful tale on how one young woman risked it all to gain freedom from the famous founding father and the intense manhunt he led to recapture his “property.”

This event will also offer a living history performance featuring Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Ona Judge, a book signing and a guided tour of the Langdon House where part of Ona’s story takes place.


Author Erica Armstrong Dundar and Living History Performer Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

In case of inclement weather, cancelled Tea Talks will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 19 and/or Sunday, March 26.
Please call 603-436-8433 or email JerriAnne Boggis for more information.

See more Tea Talks and other Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail events planned for 2017.