Sunday, April 26, 2015

No New Hampshire marker for Washington's slave

From Christopher Klein's fascinating commentary in today's Boston Globe citing eight reasons that some major events don't make the history books, here's a fascinating example with a New Hampshire angle:

Don’t be a downer

“SOME FORGOTTEN stories cast a negative light on society and for that very reason people want them to be forgotten,” says Andrew Carroll, who toured America’s unmarked historic sites while writing his 2013 book “Here Is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History.” Among the stories Carroll chronicles is the little-known tale of fugitive slave Ona Judge, who in 1796 escaped to New Hampshire from her well-known owners — George and Martha Washington. Although Judge personified New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” motto, Carroll found no marker commemorating her Greenland, N.H., home, in part because her story is a stark reminder of a shameful past connected to an American icon. “That’s just not something we really want to remember,” Carroll heard time and again when digging into uncomfortable stories about the past.

(You can read the whole story here.)

Here is the Wikipedia entry on Oney (Ona) Judge, which includes a lost-property ad for her from a 1796 Pennsylvania newspaper.

And here is an interview with Judge in which she describes her escape.

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