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From Slave Ship to Harvard : Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family

When

Fri 02 / 26 / 2021
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Who can attend

Open to all

Price

FREE

Presented by Montgomery History (formerly the Montgomery County Historical Society) and the county library system.  See Zoom link below. 

Yarrow Mamout was a Fulani Muslim who came to Maryland on a slave ship in 1752. Jim Johnston, a lawyer who turned to writing, talks about Mamout and his descendants, and his 2012 book, From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family.  

Mr. Johnston has more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles to his credit and has won two journalism awards.  He has written four books, including From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family. Since its publication in 2012, the book has become recognized as a significant contribution to Black History.  

Yarrow Mamout’s is one of the most remarkable success stories in American history. Brought to Maryland on a slave ship in 1752, he lived for a time in Montgomery County.  After he was freed, he became the most prominent African American in Georgetown. In 1819, the great portrait painter Charles Willson Peale learned of Yarrow and painted a “remarkable likeness” as a testament to racial equality. Historian Jim Johnston from Montgomery History will present the story of this remarkable man and his descendants, including Robert Turner Ford, who graduated from Harvard in 1923.

Join in for this special presentation in honor and celebration of Black History Month. 

Join us in Zoom: 

https://zoom.us/j/91461812288

Or Dial In: 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 914 6181 2288