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Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ona Judge

(ca. 1773-1848)

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 25, 2021
1. Ona Judge Marker
Inscription.  Ona (or Oney) Judge, born into slavery at Mount Vernon, became Martha Washington's personal attendant as a child. After George Washington was elected president in 1789, Judge was brought to New York City and later to Philadelphia to serve his household. Washington periodically sent her back to Virginia to skirt a Pennsylvania law that might have granted her freedom based on long-term residency. In 1796, after learning that she was to become a gift to for Martha Washington's granddaughter, Judge escaped from Philadelphia to New Hampshire. There she married, had three children, taught herself to read and write, and lived for more than 50 years, having resisted Washington's attempts to recover her.
 
Erected 2020 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-63.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWomen. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1789.
 
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38° 42.722′ N, 77° 5.305′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) west of George Washington Memorial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Washington-Rochambeau Route to Victory (here, next to this marker); Washington-Rochambeau Route (here, next to this marker); Mount Vernon Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway to the Nation's Capital (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soil Improvements (about 400 feet away); George Washington's Mount Vernon (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Texas Gate" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
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Ona Judge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 25, 2021
2. Ona Judge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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