Born in 1736 and sent to America in shackle in 1752, Yarrow Mamout worked for the Beall Family for 44 years until freed in 1796. Yarrow distinguished himself as a jack-of-a trades; a brick layer, a basket weaver, saving enough money to purchase a house and invest in the Columbia Bank of Georgetown. He was a devout Muslim, could read and write Arabic, refused pork and alcohol. Presidential painter Charles Peale painted Mamout when he came to paint President Monroe in 1819. In 1822, Georgetown art professor James Alexander Simpson painted a portrait of Yarrow, which is now owned by DC Public Library and on loan to the National Portrait Gallery. The home replacing his home on Dent Street sustained damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011, was never repaired and the City moved to demolish it. Another house which replaced it later was destroyed by a tree. Yarrow had a son, Aquilla, who moved to Maryland to a place which bears his name, Yarrowsburg. There is evidence to suggest that Yarrowsburg was actually named after his daughter–in-law because she was the local mid-wife. Yarrow died in 1823. Aquilla likely died in 1832.
(Source: DC Public Library)
Yaro, Yarrow Mamout’s given name before arrival in the America, gained his notoriety after being featured in the Chorographical and Statistical Description of the District of Columbia:
The home replacing Yarrow’s house after being struck by a tree: