Colonial Williamsburg production wins regional Emmy

WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Colonial Williamsburg employees Wayne Hill and Charles White hoist Emmy awards. (Photo courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)
Colonial Williamsburg employees Wayne Hill and Charles White hoist Emmy awards. (Photo courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)

Colonial Williamsburg employees Wayne Hill and Charles White recently won an Emmy for their work on “The Freedom Quest of Oney Judge,” an educational program produced by Colonial Williamsburg Productions.

“The Freedom Quest of Oney Judge” tells the true story of Judge, who was enslaved by George Washington before successfully fleeing in 1796. The program is based on primary sources, including a pair of interviews Judge gave in 1845 and 1847 to abolitionist newspapers.

Nominated for two Emmys —Informational/Instructional Program and Audio — by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter, “The Freedom Quest of Oney Judge” took home a victory in the Audio category during the June 25 ceremony at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

“This production does the important work of telling how a courageous young woman escaped slavery and evaded the most powerful man in the nation,” said Colonial Williamsburg Director of Production Services Linda Randulfe.

“It also outlines the dangers Oney faced after escaping bondage. We could not be more proud of the excellent work our staff contributed to the production of such a moving, remarkable story.”

With the victory, “The Freedom Quest of Oney Judge” becomes the latest Emmy-winner for Colonial Williamsburg Productions. Over the past 11 years, the production company has won 16 Emmys.