Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Special Guided Tour

Ona Marie Judge walking tour 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Ona Marie Judge, The President’s Runaway Slave

During the Fall 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 America’s most famous families — the Langdons and Whipples — in direct conflict with the most powerful man in the country — the President.

Join PBHT Director, JerriAnne Boggis, as she leads a special walking tour that will begin at the Portsmouth waterfront where Ona landed as a runaway slave. The tour will end at Governor John Langdon House Museum with a living history performance featuring Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Ona Judge. There will be a guided tour of the museum following the performance.

Gwendolyn, a professional actress and storyteller, is listed on the Performing Artist roster at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and the Social Theatre with Young Audiences of Connecticut Arts for Learning.

Meet at the Liberty Flag Pole in Prescott Park, Marcy Street, across from Strawbery Banke Museum

Cost: $20 per person

Please call 603-380-1231 to register or call 603-436-8433 for more information

Special thanks to the Governor John Langdon House Museum for co-sponsoring this event