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Charles William Peale was an American portrait painter who established a museum in Philadelphia. In the following years, he worked odd jobs to establish himself and save money yet fell prey to several near-crushing swindles.

The man died before the completion of the project, but his widow fulfilled his promise by drawing manumission papers for Mamout.

They should make us all stand up and be counted, make us stand for equality. Johnston presented a case to the Old Georgetown Board, a three-person team appointed by the D. Finally, in , Mamout earned enough not only to purchase a property on Dent Place, but also to begin lending to others. In the portrait, Mamout wears a hat that could be a kufi, traditionally worn by African Muslim men in recognition of their religion or African identity. Accounts report that he was educated, as he could read and write in Arabic before his capture, and once he came to the U. Yet Peale's painting captures more than cheer; sadness, or perhaps cynicism also registers on the face of this remarkable man. I was saddened when people would come in and give a two-second glance. Charles William Peale was an American portrait painter who established a museum in Philadelphia. While Mamout has become better known in recent years, Jackson argues that the Georgetown community, and the university in particular, need to do more to honor his legacy. The portrait will be installed July 19 and remain on view through August

Dedicated to American history and natural history, the museum's exhibits ranged from presidential portraits to the bones of a mastodon that Peale had unearthed.

Yet Peale's painting captures more than cheer; sadness, or perhaps cynicism also registers on the face of this remarkable man.

While the excavation did not result in the discovery of his remains, as Johnston had hoped, it did uncover several thousand items that are currently being analyzed and dated. InPeale whose son Raphaelle had painted Absalom Jones in went to Washington to record the likenesses of distinguished Americans; while there he heard about an old African man, Yarrow Mamout, who lived in Georgetown.

He had been captured in Africa, brought to the American colonies on a ship, and sold into slavery in Maryland. Mamout was a slave for 44 years, first in Takoma Park, Md. In the portrait, Mamout wears a hat that could be a kufi, traditionally worn by African Muslim men in recognition of their religion or African identity. Resource Bank Contents click image for close-up All that is known of Yarrow Mamout, an enslaved African who died a free man at a very old age, comes from the diary of the man who painted his striking portrait. He chose to remain in Georgetown, where he became known for his work as a brickmaker, basketweaver and more—a jack-of-all-trades. The man died before the completion of the project, but his widow fulfilled his promise by drawing manumission papers for Mamout. Peale wrote in his diary, "I spent the whole day and not only painted a good likeness of him, but also the drapery and background. I was saddened when people would come in and give a two-second glance. Jerry McCoy, a special collections librarian at the Georgetown branch of the D. The portrait will be installed July 19 and remain on view through August Charles William Peale was an American portrait painter who established a museum in Philadelphia.

Accounts report that he was educated, as he could read and write in Arabic before his capture, and once he came to the U. He was 16, well-educated and could read and write Arabic. Free blacks were at constant risk of being jailed or sold into slavery if unable to prove their free status by showing a certificate.

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Portrait of Yarrow Mamout on View at the National Portrait Gallery