—Civil Rights And Education Figure —Jacob Wheaton was born in Middletown, Maryland and moved to Hagerstown in the 1850s. he is believed to be the first African-American to vote in Maryland after the civil war for casting h1s vote in the Hagerstown Mayoral Election of 1868. In 1897, he became the first African-American to sit on a petit jury in the county. He was also the first African-American court officer in Washington county, serving as a bailiff from the 1890s to 1924. Wheaton was an advocate for the creation of a high school for African-American youth in Washington county. As a result, the first 12-year program diplomas were awarded at North Street School in 1928. When the city opened a new municipal park in 1937, it was named in Jacob Wheaton's honor.
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|Date Added||Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 266280 N 4390499|
|Decimal Degrees||39.63236667, -77.72331667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 37.942', W 77° 43.399'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 37' 56.52" N, 77° 43' 23.94" W|
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|Area Code(s)||240, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 583-597 MD-65, Hagerstown MD 21740, US|
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