Galilean Temple

Galilean Temple (HMT92)

Location: Rockville, MD 20850 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 5.157', W 77° 9.189'

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200 North Washington Street

— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —

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.
HM NumberHMT92
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour series
Marker Number10
Placed ByCity of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313771 N 4328521
Decimal Degrees39.08595000, -77.15315000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.157', W 77° 9.189'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 9.42" N, 77° 9' 11.34" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 N Washington St, Rockville MD 20850, US
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