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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prettyman House

104 West Jefferson Street

 

Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour

 
Prettyman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 14, 2012
1. Prettyman House Marker
Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour
Inscription.  For many African Americans emancipation from slavery meant transitioning from a household slave to a paid domestic servant.

The Johnson-Prettyman family lived in this 1841 house for five generations. During their ownership they transitioned from owning slaves to employing domestic servants. This c. 1890 photograph of the Prettyman House shows an African American domestic servant holding the family's baby.

Often these servants lived with their employers or walked from their residences in Haiti or Middle Lane. The meager but steady income of domestic servants started many African American families on the long road to home ownership, financial self-sufficiency, and access to education.
 
Erected by City of Rockville Historic District Commission. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 39° 4.99′ N, 77° 9.36′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 West Jefferson Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Prettyman House

Prettyman House Marker<br>Explore Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour<br>Site #6 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
2. Prettyman House Marker
Explore Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour
Site #6
This marker has been updated.
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Prettyman House (a few steps from this marker); Rockville Baptist Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Tower Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beall-Dawson House (about 600 feet away); Stonestreet Medical Museum (about 600 feet away); Beall-Dawson House and Park (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rockville African American Heritage Walking Tour (online map). This is Stop # 6 on the online map. (Submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Printable brochure (PDF). (Submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African Americans
 
Prettyman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
3. Prettyman House Marker
Prettyman House<br>c. 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 6, 2019
4. Prettyman House
c. 1890
Close-up of photo on marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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