Thing to Do

Walk in Ona Judge's Footsteps

Photo of an outdoor exhibit featuring nine names engraved on a freestanding wall.
What lengths would you go to for your freedom?

NPS photo. Photo by Joseph E.B. Elliott.

The outdoor exhibits at the President's House Site examine the paradox between slavery and freedom in the founding of our nation, in a place right next door to the Liberty Bell itself. Washington brought enslaved Africans to this site--among them Martha Washington's personal slave Ona Judge--to live and toil within the household while Washington was guiding the experimental development of a young nation. The house stood in the shadow of Independence Hall, where the words "All men are created equal" and "We the People" were adopted, but they did not apply to all who lived in the new United States of America.

In 1796, Judge escaped from the Washington household while the family was having dinner. Today, a woman's footsteps are embedded within the exhibit grounds in honor of her daring flight to freedom
5-15 Minutes
Self-Guided Tours - Walking
Pets Allowed
This outdoor exhibit is located at 6th and Market Streets.
Year Round
Time of Day
Day, Night
Accessibility Information
The President's House Site is wheelchair accessible. The videos are open captioned. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.

Independence National Historical Park

Last updated: January 8, 2021