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Freed Slave and Future President

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
1. Freed Slave and Future President Marker
Inscription.
At the turn of the 19th century, Yarrow Mamout, a slave granted his freedom a few years earlier, amassed $200 and purchased a piece of property and a house at what is now 3330-3332 Dent Place. Born in West Africa, Yarrow worked for 50 years for Georgetown's Beall family as a mason. Quite a character — pleasant and quirky, ubiquitous on the streets of Georgetown and "the best swimmer ever seen on the Potomac" — Yarrow was a devout Muslim, who retained his African name and convention of placing his surname before his given name. His character was captured in two paintings: one by one of the most respected early American painters, Charles Willson Peale; the other by Georgetown College professor and artist, James Alexander Simpson. A copy of the Simpson painting can be seen at the Georgetown Branch Library. Peale's painting hangs in the Atwater Kent Museum in Philadelphia and has been called "the most sensitive portrait in early America with an African American as the sitter." Yarrow died at the age of 87 and was buried on his property, a few yards from here.

About 150 years later, for six months in 1953, Senator John Kennedy and his bride Jacqueline rented a house across the street at 3321 Dent Place from a family friend. Photographer Orlando Suero photographed Jackie in the dining room, and the photograph appeared
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
2. Freed Slave and Future President Marker
in Anne Garside's book, Camelot at Dawn. In the picture Jackie is wearing an evening gown while lighting candles on a table set with her silver sand Sevres china. The future president enjoyed painting in the backyard with the oil paints Jackie had given him for Christmas.
 
Location. 38° 54.699′ N, 77° 4.079′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Dent Place Northwest and 34th Street NW, on the right when traveling east on Dent Place Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3400 Dent Place NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hilleary's Smiling Corner (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Grosvenor Chapman (about 500 feet away); 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW (about 700 feet away); The Original Georgetown Reservoir (about 700 feet away); Volta Bureau (about 700 feet away); Temple of Learning and Talent (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Georgetown Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ambassador David K. E. Bruce (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Also see . . .  Yarrow Mamout Residence Site, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords.
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
3. 3321 Dent Place NW
Current house at 3321 Dent Place NW, former residence of John F. Kennedy
Islam, first ladies, slavery
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesPoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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