Never Caught, The Story Of Ona Judge: George And Martha Washingtons Courageous Slave Who Dared To Run Away

Never Caught, The Story Of Ona Judge: George And Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared To Run Away


“A brilliant work of US history.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Gripping.” —BCCB (starred review)
“Accessible…Necessary.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction, Never Caught is the eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, who risked everything for a better life—now available as a young reader’s edition!

In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons when they were the First Family—and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.

From her childhood, to her time with the Washingtons and living in the slave quarters, to her escape to New Hampshire, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, along with Kathleen Van Cleve, shares an intimate glimpse into the life of a little-known, but powerful figure in history, and her brave journey as she fled the most powerful couple in the country.


  • 001 NeverCaught Title
    Duration: 22s
  • 002 NeverCaught Author'sNote
    Duration: 03min
  • 003 NeverCaught Timeline
    Duration: 04min
  • 004 NeverCaught Introduction
    Duration: 03min
  • 005 NeverCaught Ch1
    Duration: 11min
  • 006 NeverCaught Ch2
    Duration: 12min
  • 007 NeverCaught Ch3
    Duration: 15min
  • 008 NeverCaught Ch4
    Duration: 11min
  • 009 NeverCaught Ch5
    Duration: 16min
  • 010 NeverCaught Ch6
    Duration: 17min
  • 011 NeverCaught Ch7
    Duration: 08min
  • 012 NeverCaught Ch8
    Duration: 14min
  • 013 NeverCaught Ch9
    Duration: 11min
  • 014 NeverCaught Ch10
    Duration: 12min
  • 015 NeverCaught Ch11
    Duration: 10min
  • 016 NeverCaught Ch12
    Duration: 11min
  • 017 NeverCaught Ch13
    Duration: 11min
  • 018 NeverCaught Ch14
    Duration: 07min
  • 019 NeverCaught Ch15
    Duration: 06min
  • 020 NeverCaught Ch16
    Duration: 09min
  • 021 NeverCaught Ch17
    Duration: 09min
  • 022 NeverCaught Ch18
    Duration: 08min
  • 023 NeverCaught Ch19
    Duration: 13min
  • 024 NeverCaught Ch20
    Duration: 09min
  • 025 NeverCaught Ch21
    Duration: 19min
  • 026 NeverCaught Ch22
    Duration: 10min
  • 027 NeverCaught Ch23
    Duration: 06min
  • 028 NeverCaught Ch24
    Duration: 05min
  • 029 NeverCaught Ch25
    Duration: 06min
  • 030 NeverCaught Ch26
    Duration: 11min
  • 031 NeverCaught Epilogue
    Duration: 18min
  • 032 NeverCaught Credits
    Duration: 41s