Newly Discovered Watercolor Featuring Washington’s War Tent Anchors Limited-Run Exhibit “Among His Troops,” Jan. 13 – Feb.
If you check The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, you will find the story of Harry Washington. I checked with the Washington Papers staff before writing that and the problem with "Harry Washington" is that several slaves Washington owned bore the name Harry, something that Phybus was unaware of. Which of the several you are interested in may be impossible to determine. If you have some additional evidence I suggest you contact the Washington Papers for additional information.
I do not know about HW's relationships at Mt Vernon, but the 1784 Birchtown Muster lists him as being married to "Jenny Washington."
Pybus suggests that "This person could be Jenny Coddamus who is twenty four and travels on board the Clinton with two small children. Harry and Jenny and their children relocated to the British colony of Sierra Leone in 1791."
See here: http://www.blackloyalist.info/person/display/1485
I would strongly suggest contacting Mount Vernon staff historian Mary V. Thompson, who has extensively researched the enslaved community at Mount Vernon.
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I am assisting a colleague who is working on a book about teaching history and democratic values; she is interested in the story of Harry Washington, one of George Washington's slaves. The author is trying to determine whether Harry Washington was married to Nan, another slave at Mount Vernon, and if they had any children. Nan and Harry appear in an early inventory of slaves in the 1750s but their relationship is not stated. She has consulted works about or discussing Harry Washington by Peter Henriques
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Celebrate George Washington’s birthday at the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati with these free upcoming programs. The lectures will be held at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
Lunch Bite Object Talk – George Washington’s letter to David Rittenhouse
Friday, February 19, 12:30 p.m.
Thank you, Taylor! I know I enjoyed researching and writing it. One day I hope to write a longer piece on how other Indian nations perceived Washington and used his image and memory.