The "Jack" Hopkins House

The "Jack" Hopkins House (HM2EIX)

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N 39° 49.686', W 77° 14.002'

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This house (#219) belonged to John Hopkins, an African American citizen, from 1851 until his death at age 62 in 1868. His wife Julia continued to live here until she passed away in 1891.

John Hopkins enjoyed a distinguished career of janitor at the Gettysburg College beginning in 1847. Known as "Jack the Janitor" he was immensely popular with students and faculty alike as attested by the presence of the entire college staff and student body at his funeral service.

Like most of Gettysburg's 200 Afro-American citizens the Hopkins family probably fled the town prior to the battle to avoid capture by the Confederates. The experience may have been a motivator for his son John Edward who joined the U.S. Colored Troops Regiment shortly following the battle at Gettysburg and served to the war's end.
Placed ByMain Street Gettysburg, Inc
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Date Added Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 7:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308874 N 4411064
Decimal Degrees39.82810000, -77.23336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.686', W 77° 14.002'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 41.16" N, 77° 14' 0.12000000000004" W
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