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

Prettyman House

104 West Jefferson Street

 

—Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —

 
Prettyman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 14, 2012
1. Prettyman House Marker
Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour
Inscription. For many African Americans emancipation from slavery meant transitioning from a household slave to a paid domestic servant.

The Johnson-Prettyman family lived in this 1841 house for five generations. During their ownership they transitioned from owning slaves to employing domestic servants. This c. 1890 photograph of the Prettyman House shows an African American domestic servant holding the family's baby.

Often these servants lived with their employers or walked from their residences in Haiti or Middle Lane. The meager but steady income of domestic servants started many African American families on the long road to home ownership, financial self-sufficiency, and access to education.
 
Erected by City of Rockville Historic District Commission. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 39° 4.99′ N, 77° 9.36′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 West Jefferson Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Prettyman House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Prettyman House (a few steps from this marker); Rockville Baptist Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Beall-Dawson House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonestreet Medical Museum (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Beall-Dawson House (about 700 feet away); Beall-Dawson House and Park (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Rockville African American Heritage Walking Tour. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African Americans

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 46 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 11, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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