Oney Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely "the girl." All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story. Portrayed by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, Oney’s tale provides an alternative perspective on the new nation’s social, political, and economic development, from one whose personal experience so contradicted the promise of the principles embodied in the nation’s founding documents. PLEASE NOTE: that living history presenters may charge up to $125 extra for their programs. This additional cost is the responsibility of the host organization, not New Hampshire Humanities. Ask the presenter about additional costs for their program at the time of booking.

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti's portrayal of historical women introduces untapped history, drawing on a wide array of primary historical resources. For the past 20 years, Gwendolyn has engaged audiences with performances giving voice to real life accounts, struggles, self-determination and triumphs of women she portrays, giving an integral portrait of a historical event or person. Gwendolyn is an Artist with New Hampshire Humanities, The National Women's History Alliance, Strawbery Banke Museum, New England Touring Artist Funding Program, SoloTogether Interpreters, and the National Alliance of Black Interpreters. More information is available on her website: www.quezaire-presutti.com <http://www.quezaire-presutti.com>