“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Mr. Tís

200 North Washington Street


óRockvilleís African American Heritage Walking Tour ó

Mr. T's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 19, 2010
1. Mr. T's Marker
Inscription. After being made to wait while five white patrons who came in after him were served, George “T.” Johnson opened Mr. Tís as a store catering to African American clientele.

Taverns in Rockville were the only businesses that were allowed to remain segregated as an exemption to the l962 City law against discrimination in public places. Mr. Tís initially sold ice cream, lunches, and candy. ln the evening it was a popular local drinking establishment. George Johnson opened the doors of Mr. Tís to customers of all races who came in part because of Mr. Johnsonís popularity and his participation in Rockville politics. Johnson was the first African American member of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce.
Erected by City of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 5.188′ N, 77° 9.192′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of North Washington Street and Beall Avenue on North Washington Street. Click for map
Mr. Tís Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 19, 2011
2. Mr. Tís Marker
Marker is located behind the tree, lower middle.
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Washington Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rockvilleís First Colored Schools (within shouting distance of this marker); Galilean Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Hebron House and Print Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant (within shouting distance of this marker); Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snowden Funeral Home (about 300 feet away); Father Divine Birthplace (about 500 feet away); Higgins House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
Also see . . .  Take a Walking Tour of Rockville's African American Heritage. “Mr. Tís tavern was one of the most popular eating and drinking spots in Rockville. The small restaurant occupied the site of the Exxon here until it was demolished in the 1960s. Mr. Tís tells the story of segregation in Maryland and of one manís contributions to the African American community.” (Submitted on July 18, 2010.) 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 610 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide shot of marker • photo of building now on the site • period photos of Mr. Tís • Can you help?
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