Scranton Reads: One City, One Book announced that “Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar Ph.D. will be their next book selection for the annual city-wide reading program. 

In year’s past, Scranton Reads has taken place in October but due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the reading program will be moved to February 2021 to coincide with Black History Month. 

Dr. Dunbar’s book deals with President George Washington and his wife, Martha, pursuit of Ona Judge, one of Martha’s slaves, who ran away once the Washington’s moved from Mount Vernon, Virginia to Philadelphia. The book was published in 2017 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2018 the book was awarded the Frederick Douglass Book Award by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.  

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Dr. Dunbar is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She currently is the Charles & Mary Beard Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. 

Additional information about Scranton Reads can be found online at, the Scranton Public Library website, or by calling the library at 570-348-3000.