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Honoring Black History Month


  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

In honor of Black History Month, the Human Rights Commission presents Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Come hear the only detailed account of Ona Judge, an 18th century fugitive, as Dunbar tells it in her book.

Nearly three decades before Harriet Tubman was even born, there was an escape story about another heroine, Ona Judge. At age 22, Judge fled and left everything she knew to pursue a lifetime of freedom. As the property of President George Washington and his wife, Martha, Judge was the preferred house slave. The attempt to recapture Judge went on for years, even long after Washington’s presidency. Judge’s story is one that is likely to have inspired generations who followed. 

This free presentation is made possible by the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and co-sponsored by the Bloomington Historical Society and Hennepin County Library. Register online.

Reception and music from the civil rights movement provided by Potter’s House of Jesus Christ Mass Choir. 

Dunbar's book will be available at the Bloomington Hennepin County libraries, Augsburg Park Library in Richfield, and through the Bloomington Human Rights Commission library.

Ona Judge


Bloomington Civic Plaza
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431