Location: 200 Block of North Washington Street
— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —
By 1910, North Washington Street was a vital center of the African-American community in Rockville, with both sides of the street filled with African-American residences and businesses. It was the center of African-American cultural life and the Eureka Tabernacle Number 29 of the Order of the Galilean Fisherman was one of the most important sites.
Chartered in 1912, the Order of the Galilean Fishermen allowed Rockville's African-American residents to work together to meet community needs. This benevolent society furnished health benefits and burial costs at a time when such insurance was commercially unavailable to African-Americans. Rockville's chapter featured some of the most prominent names in the Rockville's African-American community as officers and members.
The temple was a center of African-American social life for decades, where dances, concerts, lectures and plays were hosted by Rockville's many AFrican-American social organizations. They provided the community with land for publican housing and schools. In 1917, they bought a lot in Lincoln Park and established a cemetery, which is now owned and managed by the Mount
The Galilean Fisherman organized in Baltimore in 1856 to provide mutual aid among African-Americans, including insurance for injuries and illness, and expenses for lawsuits and funerals. Complementing churches as community institutions, these fraternal associations became places of support, entrepreneurship, service, and leadership.
Erected by City of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
Location. 39° 5.163′ N, 77° 9.181′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Washington Street 0.1 miles north of West Middle Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 N Washington St, 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. Hebron House and Print Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. T's (within shouting distance of this marker); Jerusalem - Mt. Pleasant Church and Parsonage
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.