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Laurel Ridge Elementary School teacher Maura Keaney, left, is congratulated by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck and members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for her work on the Ona Judge project during the Juneteenth ceremony at Mount Vernon Estate.

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Journey to Freedom: Mount Vernon Commemorates Runaway Slave Ona Judge on Juneteenth Holiday

For years, the nation’s first couple, George and Martha Washington, pursued Ona Judge, a young woman who in 1796 escaped a life of slavery in the Washington household to live in freedom in New England.

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