Foundation stone for a house built by Lawrence B. Brown

Created by
Brown, Lawrence Bernard, American, 1856 - 1941
Subject of
Historic L.B. Brown House Museum, American, founded 1892
Date
1890-1940
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Cultural Expressions
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)
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."
Place collected
Bartow, Polk County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Buildings and Structures
Type
piers (foundation components)
Topic
Architecture
Building Arts
Business
Craftsmanship
Housing
Labor
Slavery
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
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d33126b6-5773-4399-a485-48584939560b