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June 03rd 2013:George Washington’s Favorite Slave. Male or Female?

Favorite slave. Seriously? That stinging reference aside, this was the only enslaved person George Washington freed upon his death, and gave an inheritance. The others were given, as property, to his wife. What would cause such an act of the 1st president of the United States? Our focus for this show is not centered around the mind or heart of President Washington. Much has been written over the years. We want to know who was William ‘Billy’ Lee, the human being, and his contributions to our Democracy. He is seen in famous paintings, and galloped with Washington during the Revolutionary War

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Len Lamensdorf

Len Lamensdorf, Author and Playwright Mr. Lamensdorf is an award-winning author of eight novels including ‘The Ballad of Billy Lee, The Story of George Washington’s Favorite Slave’, three full-length plays, and the motion picture, ‘Cornbread, Earl and Me’. A three-time Silberman Memorial Scholar and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago, Len studied playwriting at UCLA with Theatre Arts Department Chairman Kenneth Macgowan, founder of the world-famous Provincetown Players and the original producer of the plays of Eugene O’Neill. Lamensdorf also received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, and completed his post-graduate work at Harvard Law School. Acclaime
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