John Jay and Abigail

John Jay (Publius, for those in the know) traveled to Paris to negotiate the treaty that would end the war for independence. He also took an enslaved woman named Abigail who sought her freedom there. She died trying.

Martha Jones (visiting faculty for the 2018 institute) tells Abigail’s story, and the difficulties of recovering Abigail’s story, for the New York Times.

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K-12 teachers interested in learning the history of slavery and equality under the Constitution, come to Atlanta in the summer of 2022! Stay tuned to this website for periodic blog posts connected to the institute, teaching resources, and History in general!