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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Galilean Temple

200 North Washington Street

 

óRockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour ó

 
Galilean Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 19, 2010
1. Galilean Temple Marker
Inscription. This was once a vital center of the African American community in Rockville: the Eureka Tabernacle Number 29 of the Order of the Galilean Fisherman.

Established in 1903, the Temple allowed Rockville's African American residents to work together to meet community needs that were not provided by government, churches, schools or labor unions. In this building they held meetings, lectures, classes, plays, concerts and dances presented by other African American organizations. They provided the community with land for public 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 Calvary Baptist Church.

The Galilean fisherman was established in Baltimore in 1856 to provide mutual aid among African Americans, including insurance for injuries and illness and expenses for lawsuits and funerals. Rivaling churches as community institutions, these voluntary 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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour marker
Galilean Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 19, 2011
2. Galilean Temple Marker
series.
 
Location. 39° 5.157′ N, 77° 9.189′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Washington Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
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); Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Tís (within shouting distance of this marker); Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rockvilleís First Colored Schools (about 300 feet away); Father Divine Birthplace (about 400 feet away); Rockville Town Square (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Also see . . .  African-American Heritage in Downtown Rockville. (Submitted on March 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings
 
The Eureka Tabernacle Number 29 of the Order of Galilean Fishermen image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 11, 2017
3. The Eureka Tabernacle Number 29 of the Order of Galilean Fishermen
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 93 times this year. Last updated on June 20, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on June 22, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on June 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 12, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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