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    Name: Governor John Langdon House presents Never Caught: The Washingtons Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Jud
    Date: March 5, 2017
    Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
    Event Description:
    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.   Join 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.   Presenters Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Living History Performer Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti   Schedule 12:30 – 1:30 pm Tour of Governor John Langdon Mansion 2: 00- 2:30 pm Living History Performance 2:30 – 3:15 Author Presentation 3:15 – 4:00 Q&A Book Signing and Refreshments   Event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required for tour of Historic New England’s Governor John Langdon House. Please call 603-436-3205 to register for the tour.
    Location:
    Governor John Langdon House on Pleasant St. and Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St.
    Date/Time Information:
    March 5; 2-4:00
    Contact Information:
    JerriAnne Boggis
    Fees/Admission:
    Free
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