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Author James H. Johnston: Yarrow Mamout: The Black Burgher of Georgetown

In his new book, From Slave Ship to Harvard, James H. Johnston recounts the fascinating life and career of Yarrow Mamout, an educated Muslim brought here from Africa in 1752 on a slave ship, his rise, and that of his descendants. Forty-four years after his arrival in America, Mamout was freed and settled in Georgetown where he owned a house and lot on Dent Place, near Tudor Place. The famous American portrait painter Charles Willson Peale was so taken by Mamout that he did a stunning portrait of the man, portraying him as a wealthy Georgetowner. In this original presentation, Mr. Johnston will outline the ties between Mamout and the owners of this site, beginning with Christopher Lowndes of Bladensburg, who owned the ship that brought him to America. Lowndes’s son, Francis, sold the 8.5 acres that became Tudor Place to Martha Parke Custis and Thomas Peter. Records also show that Mamout worked for Thomas Peter’s father, Robert Peter, a merchant, land speculator, and first mayor of Georgetown. Registration required.

Admission is complimentary for Landmark Society (member + 1 guest).
Others: Members, $15 | Non-members, $20

Event begins at 6:30PM

Presented by: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Categories: Books & Authors

Event Venue

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

1644 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

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  • Thursday, March 14, 2013
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