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

Book – Non-fiction. By Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve. 272 pages. 2019.
This is the true story of Ona Judge — a Black woman who George and Martha Washington believed was their property — who risked everything for a better life.

Time Periods: 18th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Labor, Slavery

Ona Judge young adult bookIn this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons’ when they were the First Family—and an in-depth look at a woman they enslaved, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

Born to an enslaved mother, Ona Judge grew up to be favored by George and Martha Washington. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.

From her childhood, to her time with the Washingtons and living in the slave quarters, to her escape to New Hampshire, Erica Armstrong Dunbar (along with Kathleen Van Cleve), shares an intimate glimpse into the life of a little-known, but powerful figure in history, and her brave journey as she fled the most powerful couple in the country. [Description from the publisher]

ISBN: 9781534416178 | Published by Aladdin Books.

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