1781 Friends Meeting House

1781 Friends Meeting House (HM3PM)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
Country: United States of America

N 39° 17.51', W 76° 36.075'

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The Friends Meeting House is the oldest religious building in Baltimore. In 1781, the Patapsco Friends Meeting, formerly located on Harford Road two miles north of the Inner Harbor, moved to this site. In 1784 a group of Quakers established a school here, which "provided guarded education for their children." The school eventually became the Friends School of Baltimore.

By the mid eighteenth century the Society of Friends exerted a strong influence socially, politically, and economically in Baltimore. Among the influential Baltimore Quakers who worshipped at this site were Philip E. Thomas (first President of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad) Johns Hopkins, Moses Sheppard (philanthropist) and the Ellicott family (who founded Ellicott City). Meeting members Elisha Tyson, Robert Townsend, and James Carey organized the Baltimore Abolition Society in 1789. In 1796, they were successful in overturning a 1753 law that forbade the freeing of slaves (manumisson) at the time of their owners' death. On occasion, the Baltimore Abolition Society was represented in court by Francis Scott Key. By the first decade of the nineteenth Century, Baltimore Quakers were deeply involved in the Committee of Indian Affairs, which advocated and at times litigated on behalf of the rights of Native Americans.
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HM NumberHM3PM
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
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Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, rededicated 2005 by Martin O'Malley, mayor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:20pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361912 N 4350384
Decimal Degrees39.29183333, -76.60125000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.51', W 76° 36.075'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 30.60" N, 76° 36' 4.50" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201 E Fayette St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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