'The story of Oney Judge Staines'

South Windsor - posted Jan, 07 2014

SOUTH WINDSOR - The story of Oney Judge Staines, one of George Washington’ slaves, will be recreated by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti on Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at Unity Church, 919 Ellington Road, South Windsor. The program is sponsored by the South Windsor Historical Society. Staines was born at Mount Vernon about 1773 as one of the dower slaves of Martha Custis Washington. She escaped to freedom in 1796 in Philadelphia. With the aid of the free black community, she took a ship to Portsmouth, N. H., and lived nearby for the rest of her life, despite pleas by the Washingtons to return. Quezaire-Presutti has presented performances based on primary and secondary sources to create composite characters, particularly African-American women. Since 1997, she has honed her skills through thousands of school assemblies, conferences and meetings. Admission is $5; $3 for Society members. For more information about the South Windsor Historical Society and its programs, call , 860-291-9958 or visit www.southwindsorhistory.org.

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