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Snowden Funeral Home

Location: 246 North Washington Street

 

— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 4, 2021
1. Snowden Funeral Home Marker
Inscription.  
A hearse drawn by four white horses was a hallmark of the Snowden Funeral Home, the first African-American owned funeral service in Montgomery County.

George Russell Snowden started the family business in 1918 in Howard County. In 1926, he brought it to Rockville. His son Robert and wife Alma took over operations in 1936. The second generation of the family demolished the original frame structure and built the current brick building in 1947.

Robert and Alma's children, Irene and George, took over the business from their parents in the 1970s. Today, the fourth generation of Snowdens operates the business. In 1985, the Snowden family received a NAACP award for "community awareness, citizenship and human kindness."
 
Erected by City of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAnimals

Snowden Funeral Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 4, 2021
2. Snowden Funeral Home Marker
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Industry & Commerce. 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 1918.
 
Location. 39° 5.246′ N, 77° 9.225′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Washington Street 0.1 miles north of Beall Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 260 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. Rockville's First Colored School / Rockville's Second Colored School (within shouting distance of this marker); Of By For (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church (about 400 feet away); Mr. T's (about 400 feet away); Rockville Town Square (about 500 feet away); Galilean Temple (about 500 feet away); Hebron House and Print Shop (about 600 feet away); Jerusalem - Mt. Pleasant Church and Parsonage (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
 
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 19 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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