Union Baptist Church
Under Reverend Dr. Harvey Johnsonís leadership (1872-1923), Union Baptist Church established fifteen area churches and the Colored Baptist Convention of Maryland in 1898. On June 22, 1885, he organized the Mutual United Brotherhood of Liberty (MUBL), the model for the Niagara Movement. On October 10, 1885, Johnson persuaded the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City to admit Everett J. Waring, the first Negro lawyer to practice in Maryland. Johnsonís wife Amelia, an author and editor for the National Baptist Publishing Board, wrote the forward to Johnsonís 1903 book The Nations: From a New Point of View.
The Harvey Johnson Community Center was built in 1955 under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Baxter Matthew, the churchís eight pastor.
Reverend Vernon Dobson was the churchís ninth pastor (1967-2007). A civil rights leader and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dobson helped form the “Goon Squad” that ran African American candidates for elective office. Dobson
Reverend Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., the churchís tenth pastor, was born at 1211 Druid Hill Avenue.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor—Baltimore City Landmark, National Register of Historic Places.
Location. 39° 18.109′ N, 76° 37.687′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Druid Hill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Dr. Lillie May Jackson (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Bethel A.M.E. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Foundation on Which to Build a Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sharp Street Memorial Church (about 400 feet away); Henry Highland Garnet Park (about 400 feet away); Rev. Dr. Vernon Nathaniel Dodson Memorial (about 400 feet away); Courting Justice (about 500 feet away); Creating an African American Neighborhood (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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