The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom

The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, published by Farrar Strauss Giroux.   Mrs. Washington declares that young Oney is just like one of the Washington's own children, but Oney is not fooled. On the night Mrs. Washington tells Oney she will not grant Oney freedom upon her death, Oney think quickly, acts courageously and flees. Expressive watercolors within this well researched biography portray the bravery of Onah Maria Judge, an Africa American woman who claimed, and fought for, the right to have "no mistress but herself. Winner Book for Younger Children, 2008.


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