Beall-Dawson House

Beall-Dawson House (HMTAM)

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

N 39° 5.095', W 77° 9.323'

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100 West Montgomery Avenue

— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —

Upton Beall, wealthy landowner and Clerk of Court, owned 25 slaves when he died in 1827. After Upton Beall died, his family did not purchase additional slaves, however, by 1860 the Beall family owned 52 slaves.

The Beall family did not sell the children of their slaves. The slaves worked in the house, on the farm, or at one of the other family properties. The Bealls did hire out slaves for service to families in Washington, D.C., and many of the slaves resided with these families.

In 1862, the Beall sisters freed 17 slaves who worked in D.C., receiving $9,400 for them under a federal compensation program. The remaining slaves were freed when emancipation was granted in Maryland in 1864. The Bealls sold their former slaves the land along Martin's Lane and Middle Lane on which they lived. Those families had long made up a mixed free and enslaved African American community called "Haiti," Rockville's first African American neighborhood.
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour series
Marker Number7
Placed ByCity of Rockville Historic District Commission, Dept. of Community Planning and Development Services
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 2:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313575 N 4328411
Decimal Degrees39.08491667, -77.15538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.095', W 77° 9.323'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 5.70" N, 77° 9' 19.38" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 W Middle Ln, Rockville MD 20850, US
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