I believe in scholarly accessibility and the importance of sharing history with a larger world. My appearances in several documentaries, including PBS’s The Abolitionists, my radio interviews, and my written work in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times speak to my beliefs. I am a scholar who writes for the academy and for larger general audiences.
New York Times
"George Washington Slave Catcher"
"Washington's NEw African-American Museum Shows How Black History Shaped the American Experience"
Process: a blog for American History
Roots Miniseries Review
The New York Times
"In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington"
Author: Jennifer Schuessler
Section: Patrik's Picks
Author: PAtrik Henry Bass
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge is featured on page 38 in the February 2017 Hidden Figures edition of Essence magazine in the section "History, Her Stories, & Future Thinkers: A Roundup of the Best Black Heritage Reads from Experts and Exquisite Authors" by Patrik Henry Bass.
"Saga of slave who escaped from the Washingtons and lived on the run"
Author: Kate Tuttle
Broad Street Review
"A life of Resistance"
Author: Alaina Mabaso
"Meet the slave who escaped from George Washington's Philly mansion and was never caught"
Author: Samantha Melamed
At the President's House on Independence Mall, local author, historian and professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar, who spent eight years chasing the elusive story of Oney Judge, a slave of Martha and George Washington's who escaped from here with help from free blacks.
"A slave’s flight from our first president"
Author: Matt Damsker
The Charlotte Observer
"Ona Judge: The female slave George Washington could not catch"
Author: Dannye Romine Powell
"An Unsung Heroine Has Her Day: A new book tells a little-known slave story"
author: Rick Broussard
"Never Caught: A New Book on George Washington’s Pursuit of His Runaway Slave"
Author: Ibram X. Kendi
"Guest Review: Never Caught : Ona Judge, the Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave"
Author: Jessica PArr
Guest reviewer Shana L. Haines is an Assistant Professor of English at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is currently a Ph.D student in American Studies at William and Mary focusing on Race, Law, and Literature. She has her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her Masters in British and American Literature from Hunter College.
The 7 Best Books of February
Author: Michael Schaub
New York Post
"George Washington Almost Broke the Law trying to recapture his freed slave"
Author: Ron Hogan
"Shelf Help: Never Caught: Ona Judge, the Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave"
Author: Peter C. Baker
Los Angeles Times
Author: Greg Braxton
"New TV, stage and film projects are looking at slavery with a bold new emphasis on empowerment"
Author: John Blake
What 'Lincoln' misses and another Civil War film gets right
Tavis Smiley Show
The historian, professor, author discusses her new book NEVER CAUGHT: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar is Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has recently participated in several documentaries, including “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and “The Abolitionists,” an American Experience production on PBS. In 2011, Professor Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and most recently has been named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University Press in 2008. Dunbar’s most recent book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge was released on February 7, 2017.
Ben Franklin's World
Episode 137: "Erica Dunbar, The Washingtons' Runaway Slave, Ona Judge"
"Who Do you Think you Are"
Julie Bowen learns how her ancestors fought to end slavery
Actress Julie Bowen reads a document describing how her ancestors fought to end slavery, and how their actions relate back to today.
National Museum of African American History and Culture (February 17, 2017)
University of Delaware professor of Black American Studies and History was invited by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to discuss her book, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Never Caught (February 15,2017)
Professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar talked about her book Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, in which she recounts the life of Ona Judge, a slave owned by George and Martha Washington, whose escape initiated a manhunt ordered by the first president.
NEws One NOw (February 14,2017)
Author/Historian Erica Dunbar discusses her new book "Never Caught"
Boston's NPR New's Station: "Never Caught: How One Of George Washington's Slaves Escaped To Freedom"
Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks with historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar (@ericaadunbar), author of a new book on Ona Judge, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit Of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge."
Women's Media Center Live With Robin Morgan
The Takeway: "The Fugutive Slave Who Eluded George Washington
What does it mean to be free?
That's a question explored in the new book, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge."
WHYY Public Media
"Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s ‘Never Caught’"
The Nick TaliafeRro Show
"Echoes of Slavery Era" in reaction to Ferguson