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Foundation stone for a house built by Lawrence B. Brown

Catalog Data

Created by:
Lawrence Bernard Brown, American, 1856 - 1941  Search this
Subject of:
Historic L.B. Brown House Museum, American, founded 1892  Search this
Medium:
stone
Dimensions:
Overall with Weight: 21 1/8 × 12 × 14 1/2 in., 140 lb. (53.7 × 30.5 × 36.8 cm, 63.5 kg)
Type:
piers (foundation components)
Place collected:
Bartow, Polk County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1890-1940
Caption:
This foundation stone supported an East Bartow, Florida bungalow built a century ago by Lawrence Bernard Brown (L.B. Brown). Formerly enslaved, Brown was a self-taught master carpenter and real estate developer. Through determination, thrift, and skill, Brown became a prosperous businessman and a leading citizen in the East Bartow community.
Description:
Grey foundation stone from a bungalow built by Lawrence B. Brown in Bartow, Florida. The stone is four-sided and narrowly tapers towards the top. The top of the foundation stone is flat. The front of the stone features embossed letters arranged in a circle to read “L B B."
Topic:
African American  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Building Arts  Search this
Business  Search this
Craftsmanship  Search this
Housing  Search this
Labor  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Historic L.B. Brown House Museum, Bartow, Florida
Object number:
2015.196
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Buildings and Structures
Exhibition:
Cultural Expressions
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d33126b6-5773-4399-a485-48584939560b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.196