Alfred Pope (1821-1906) and Hannah Cole Pope (1828-1910) were a prominent Georgetown couple, active in public affairs and real estate.

Hannah was born in the home of Thomas Peter and Martha Custis Peter (now Tudor Place), where she and her mother were enslaved. In 1845 Hannah was sold to South Carolina Congressman John Carter, in whose household she met Alfred Pope. The two married in 1847. In 1848 Alfred Pope joined the unsuccessful attempt by 77 enslaved men and women to escape Washington on the schooner Pearl. He was returned to servitude in Carter's household. Both Alfred and Hannah were freed upon Carter's death in 1850. They remained in Georgetown, where Alfred parlayed savings from a job as the town scavenger into businesses in real estate and building materials. Alfred testified before Congress in 1870 during the debate over merging Georgetown with Washington City. He also served as a trustee of the public DC Colored Schools. In 1875, as a trustee of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, he sold to the church the land on which its church building was constructed at 1334 29th Street, NW.

Eventually Alfred owned five single-family houses and five tenements in Georgetown north of Reservoir Road.


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