Oney Judge brought to life, Saturday

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti will present “Oney Judge: If I Am Not for Myself, Who Will Be for Me?,” a living history program, at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on May 17. There will be two performances, one at noon and another at 7 p.m.

These presentations were rescheduled from March 12 when they were postponed due to inclement weather.

Oney Judge was a dower slave of Martha Custis Washington born at Mount Vernon about 1773. A personal servant to Martha Washington, Judge was taken to the Washington presidential household beginning in 1789. In 1796, Judge escaped to freedom in Philadelphia. With the aid of the free black community, she made her way to Portsmouth and lived near there for the rest of her life. She married and had three children.

Historical interpreter and storyteller Quezaire-Presutti is an artist-in-residence at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and a member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center. Since 1997, she has presented living history programs based on primary and secondary sources that bring to life women from America’s past.

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