Location: 200 Block of North Washington Street
— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —
Taverns in Rockville were the only businesses that were allowed to remain segregated as an exemption to the 1962 city law against discrimination in public places.
Mr. T's initially sold ice cream, lunches and candy. In the evening, it was a popular local drinking establishment. After being made to wait in another restaurant while five white patrons who came in after him were served, George Johnson opened Mr. T's as a restaurant catering to African-American clientele. He served customers of all races, who came in part because of Johnson's popularity and his participation in Rockville politics. During World War II, Johnson was instrumental in erecting a plaque honoring soldiers overseas in the armed services. Funds for the billboard were raised by the Colored Businessmen's Association of Montgomery County with assistance from the Rockville Elks and Galilean Fisherman. 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • War, World II. 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 1962.
Location. 39° 5.193′ N, 77° 9.168′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Washington Street just south of Beall Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 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. Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church (a few steps from this marker); Of By For (within shouting distance of this marker); Galilean Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville's First Colored School / Rockville's Second Colored School (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Town Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Hebron House and Print Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jerusalem - Mt. Pleasant Church and Parsonage (about 400 feet away); Snowden Funeral Home (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
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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 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.