Freedom on the Horizon: Oney Judge
Nastassia Parker, a historical re-enactor, will portray Oney Judge, who was born around 1773 on George Washington’s plantation, Mount Vernon. Upon hearing that she would be "gifted" to Mrs. Washington’s granddaughter as a wedding gift, Judge ran away. Her story, which was documented in several 19th century abolitionist newspapers, gives a look at what slavery was like in the Chesapeake region during the late 18th century.
The year is 1789, the Inner Harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Oney Judge has run away from the President's house and has stowed away on a ship leaving for Portsmouth, NH. Afterwards, she stopped to rest at a nearby tavern before making her next move. She encounters a friendly face (the audience) and decides to recount her courageous story with the audience. Oney Judge (portrayed by Nastassia Parker), will openly talk about her family life, slavery at Mount Vernon, and the imperative decision she made to ensure her freedom as well as the dangerous risks taken in order to achieve it.