Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —Even Before Emancipation freed Washington's enslaved people in April 1862, a free African American community had developed here amid the European American farmers. The District of Columbia, unlike its neighbors, permitted the formerly enslaved to remain within its boundaries. The Shamwell family of free blacks settled in Brightwood in 1837. By 1854, four free black landowners clustered here along Rock Creek Ford Road (once Milkhouse Ford Road), with a fifth on Piney Branch Road. Four of the five were women.
|Placed By||Cultural Heritage DC|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:30pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 323815 N 4314670|
|Decimal Degrees||38.96330000, -77.03351667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 57.798', W 77° 2.011'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 57' 47.88" N, 77° 2' 0.66" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1401-1441 Rock Creek Ford Rd NW, Washington DC 20011, US|
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