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Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck presents flowers to author Erica Amity Dunbar at the June 19 unveiling ceremony of a Virginia historical marker at Mount Vernon Estate in honor of Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who fled to freedom.

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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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