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“I am free now”

 
 
"I am free now" Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
1. "I am free now" Marker Text
Inscription.

Oney Judge's strong desire for freedom drove the 22-year-old enslaved seamstress to flee the President's house on May 21, 1796. With the help of friends of African descent, she found passage to New Hampshire, where she married, raised a family, and lived to old age.

"Whilst they were packing up to go to Virginia, I was packing to go, I didn't know where; for I knew that if I went back to Virginia, I should never get my liberty. I had friends among the colored people of Philadelphia, had my things carried there beforehand, and left Washington's house while they were eating dinner."
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 57.029′ N, 75° 9′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and South Independence Mall West (6th Street), on the left when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: President's House Site N of Liberty Bell Pavilion, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "We shall come to a civil war" (here, next to this marker); "Burn this treaty to Hell!" (here, next to this marker); "An Act respecting fugitives from Justice"

"I am free now" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
2. "I am free now" Marker
(here, next to this marker); The opener of the Way (here, next to this marker); Suppressing the Opposition (here, next to this marker); "I will fear no Evil" (here, next to this marker); A Day of Reciprocity (here, next to this marker); The Executive Branch (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. The marker is highly reflective and difficult to photograph straight on.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oney Judge. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Story of Oney Judge (YouTube video). (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Oney Judge's Journey to Freedom (NPS Lesson Plan). (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oney Judge's Burial Site?. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
"I am free now" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
3. "I am free now" Marker
Exhibit on the exterior of the east wall of The President's House partial reconstruction (far left marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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