Erica Armstrong Dunbar

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(Dunbar, Erica Armstrong) Erica Armstrong Dunbar is Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. In 2011, Professor Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has participated in several documentaries, including Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and The Abolitionists, an American Experience production on PBS. Dunbar has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and, most recently, has been named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. She is the author of A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City. Her latest book, Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (Atria), longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom. Kirkus Reviews writes, “A startling, well-researched .  . . narrative that seriously questions the intentions of our first president.”