Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Beall Dawson House
Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour - Site #7
— Location: 103 West Montgomery Avenue —
The Beall family did not sell the children of their slaves. The slaves worked in the house, on the farm or at one of the other family properties. The Bealls did hire out slaves for service to families in Washington, D.C., and many of the slaves resided with those families.
In 1862, an act of Congress ending slavery in the nation's capital freed 17 of the Beall sisters' slaves, as they were in Washington, D.C., at the time. The Beall sisters filed for and received $9,400 for them under a federal compensation program. The remaining slaves were freed when emancipation was granted in Maryland in 1864. The Bealls sold land along Martin's Lane to their former slaves, where some of them had lived during their enslavement. Those families had long made up a mixed free and enslaved African-American community called “Haiti.”
Erected by City of Rockville, Historic
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 5.095′ N, 77° 9.324′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on West Middle Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 West Montgomery Avenue, 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. Beall-Dawson House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Beall-Dawson House (a few steps from this marker); Stonestreet Medical Museum (a few steps from this marker); Beall-Dawson House and Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Rockville Residential Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Higgins House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucy Simpson's Rockville Institute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bell Tower Building (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). URL represented by the QR code on this marker (corrected for https). This marker is #7 on the tour. (Submitted on August 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Rockville African American Heritage Walking Tour Printable Brochure(Submitted on August 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.