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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Remarkable Margaret Brent

Landowner, Lawyer, Suffragette

 

— 1601 - 1671 —

 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
1. The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker
Inscription.  Despite occasional conflicts between European settlers and local Indians, Mistress Margaret Brent of Saint Mary’s City, Maryland, was granted the first land patent on Piper’s Island (later known as Jones Point) in 1654. An extraordinary woman for her time, Brent appears here before the Maryland Assembly requesting not only the right to vote, but the right to two votes—one for herself as a landowner and one as Lord Baltimore’s attorney.

Brents undertaking and medling with your Lordships Estate here… we do Verily Believe and in Conscience report that it was better for Collonys safety at that time in her hands then in any mans else in the whole province… —Letter from the Maryland Assembly, describing Brent's management of Lord Baltimore's will, 1649.

Tobacco Farming
To hold title to her land, Brent was required to cut back the forest and plant tobacco. On most plantations, indentured servants and enslaved African Americans performed the arduous labor.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
2. The Remarkable Margaret Brent Marker
38° 47.451′ N, 77° 2.464′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive 0.2 miles east of South Royal Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is north of Jones' Point Lighthouse in Jones Point Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mistress Margaret Brent (here, next to this marker); The Jones Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); D.C.'s First Building Block (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nation's Capital Begins Here 1791-1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Owns the River? (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, South Cornerstone (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); The Long Story of The Jones Point Ropewalk (within shouting distance of this marker); A World War I Shipyard Transforms Jones Point (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers about Margaret Brent
 
Also see . . .  Maryland History Leaflet No. 1. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories.
Margaret Brent requests two votes in the Maryland Assembly image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
3. Margaret Brent requests two votes in the Maryland Assembly
The image is from a painting by Louis Glanzman.
Civil RightsColonial EraWomen
 
Tobacco Farming image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
4. Tobacco Farming
Tobacco Leaf image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
5. Tobacco Leaf
Bronze plaque on the Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 920 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on December 21, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 19, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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