St. Frances Academy
Father Joubert, a French Sulpician priest, had come to Baltimore from Haiti, and soon became involved in black religious education at St. Mary’s Seminary. Elizabeth Lange, an educated young black woman, had also fled the turmoil in Haiti and settled in Baltimore, in the Catholic, French-speaking area of present-day Seton Hill.
Distressed by the lack of educational opportunities for blacks, Elizabeth Lange conducted a school in her home for nearly ten years, assisted by another Caribbean refugee, Marie Magdeleine Balas. Lack of funds finally forced the school to close.
Shortly thereafter, Father Joubert proposed that a new school be established
Despite financial difficulties and sporadic violence from a hostile community the convent and school survived, assisted in turn by the Sulpicians, Redemptorists, Jesuits and Josephites.
In 1870 the convent and school moved to this building, designed by George Frederick, architect of Baltimore City Hall.
(Inscriptions under the two photos on the left)
Elizabeth Lange; Father Joubert
Erected by First Maryland Foundation, Sponsor; Oblate Sisters of Providence, Sponsor; William Donald Schaefer, Mayor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Education. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1828.
Location. 39° 18.155′ N, 76° 36.529′ W. Marker is in Johnston Square in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Chase Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 East Chase Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old East Baltimore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gertrude Stein
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.