This month's selection ties in with Monday's special Civil Rights' Day NH Humanities program (read more about it here!), reading the non-fiction Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. This book relates the fascinating, little-known history of Ona (Oney) Judge, a young woman enslaved in the early days of our nation's founding who found the courage to escape. Judge was part of George and Martha Washington's household, brought with them to Pennsylvania from Mount Vernon when Washington became president. The law in PA required that all slaves living in the state be freed, so Washington would periodically send them back to Virginia to take advantage of a residency loophole to keep them enslaved. With new scholarship, author Dunbar tells the story of how Judge chose to run, against hot pursuit and all the odds, to New England and her freedom.
The Hooksett Public Library's Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month in the upper level of the library. We're always happy to welcome new members! Please call the library at 603-485-6092 for additional information.