Gadsby's Tavern Museum Hosts George Washington Lecture

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During Black History Month, Historian Explores Washington’s Enslaved Workers 

Join Dr. Peter Henriques, Professor Emeritus of History from George Mason University, as he presents “Those Who Labor For Me” – A Closer Look at Some of George Washington’s Enslaved Workers. In recognition of Washington’s Birthday and Black History Month, this lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 16.

In “Those Who Labor For Me,” Professor Henriques, a popular and frequent speaker at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, will take a somewhat different approach to the topic of George Washington and slavery. The focus will be primarily on a handful of enslaved workers, Charlotte, Sambo Anderson, and Ona Judge plus a few others, and only tangentially on Washington. With the goal of introducing these fascinating but largely forgotten people to a wider audience, Professor Henriques illustrates not only the horrors of slavery, but also demonstrates that the story is more complicated than generally believed.

Lecture tickets cost $12 per person and $10 for members of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum volunteers. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.

For more information, please visit or call 703.746.4242.