Anna

One woman's quest for freedom
in early Washington, D.C.

In November 1815, an enslaved woman named Anna leapt from the third floor window of George Miller's tavern on F Street in Washington, D.C., after she was sold to Georgia slave traders and separated from her family. She suffered a broken back and fractured her arms, but she survived.

For two hundred years, her identity remained unknown. In 2015, original documents about her came to light at the National Archives. Her name was Ann Williams. She and her husband were reunited and had four more children. Then she sued George Miller for her freedom. And won.

Anna is a twelve-minute film about one of the most dramatic events in the history of American slavery.