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William Beckett Project: Conversation and Reception

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Event Details:

Come learn about William Beckett, who was once the enslaved manager of Joshua Peirce’s nursery business on Linnaean Hill, now Rock Creek Park headquarters. With funding from HumanitiesDC, the Friends of Peirce Mill recently researched Beckett’s remarkable life, and will share his story. The event begins at 1PM, Saturday, April 20, with a conversation at Picnic Grove #1 in Rock Creek Park. Then we’ll head up to Linnaean Hill, now known as Klingle Mansion. Visitors will have the option to walk up the hill or to take a free shuttle bus. We’ll end the afternoon with a reception on the lawn of Linnaean Hill, where William Beckett was born in 1833. A new interpretive exhibit telling Beckett’s life story will be installed near the mansion from April 20 to May 5, 2024. Rain date: Sunday, April 21


Host: Friends of Peirce Mill
Date: April 20, 2024 • 1PM
Location: Picnic Grove #1, near the intersection of Shoemaker and Tilden Streets NW, Rock Creek Park
Event fee: Free
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Contact: Angela K. Kramer
Phone: 718-208-3161


April 20
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Picnic Grove #1
Picnic Grove #1, near the intersection of Shoemaker and Tilden Streets NW, Rock Creek Park
Washington, DC, DC 20008 United States
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