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Walk in Ona Judge's Footsteps

Color photo showing the outdoor exhibit at the President's House Site with the names of Washington's nine enslaved people on a wall in the foreground, and exhibit panels in the background.
The President's House Site tells the story of the paradox of liberty and enslavement in one home - and in a nation.

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

What lengths would you go to for freedom?
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.
Details
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The President's House Site is located at the corner of 6th and Market Streets. This is an outdoor exhibit, and can be entered from either Market Street or 6th Street. 
Check the Operating Hours web page for updated information.
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.

Last updated: October 19, 2018