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Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freetown

 
 
Freetown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Nelson, March 29, 2003
1. Freetown Marker
Inscription.  Established in the mid 19th century on land owned by Capt. James Spencer, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War, Freetown illustrates the principles of self-sufficiency and cooperation typical of African American communities. The first public school opened in 1914 in the lodge building of the Good Templars. A two-room school was completed in 1925 with support from the Julius Rosenwald Fund and with land and labor contributed by the community. Through the efforts of the Freetown Community Association, a new school was built in 1958.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Rosenwald Schools series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 39° 7.988′ N, 76° 34.656′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, Maryland, in Anne
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Arundel County. Marker is on Mountain Road (Maryland Route 177/648) 0.1 miles east of Freetown Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena MD 21122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marley Chapel (approx. 2 miles away); Marley Neck School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Tobacco Barn (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sawmill (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Kinder Farmhouse (approx. 2.4 miles away); Kinder Farm Ice House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Harundale Mall (approx. 2.4 miles away); Frost's Store and Post Office (approx. 2˝ miles away).
 
Freetown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, September 8, 2018
2. Freetown Marker
Street view of Mountain Road, looking east toward Glen Burnie, marker on the right.
Freetown Improvement Association image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, September 8, 2018
3. Freetown Improvement Association
Located on Freetown Road, about 200 yards from its intersection with Spencer Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2008, by Chris Nelson of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,195 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 14, 2008, by Chris Nelson of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2019, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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