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"Imagine listening to Beethoven with the prepossession that C is a good note and F a bad one; yet this is exactly the standpoint from which all uninitiates contemplate the universe. Obviously, they miss the music." - Aleister Crowley
|Yarrow Mamout portrait by Charles Wilson Peale, |
1819 was a former slave, property owner, brick layer in Georgetown, DC
Yarrow Mamout, the slave who became a Georgetown financier
Johnston describes Mamout as a brick maker who earned top dollar for his work and “a jack of all trades” who made money making charcoal, loading ships and weaving baskets. He earned enough not only to acquire the Dent Place property but also to become a financier who lent money to merchants.
He owned stock in the Columbia Bank of Georgetown.
If so, doesn’t that warrant recovery and preservation, as recommended by Johnston and some members of the historically black Mount Zion Methodist Church in Georgetown?
Meanwhile, Yarrow Mamout’s remarkable story remains out of sight, and perhaps under the ground, as Black History Month is celebrated downtown.
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