Jonestown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1781 Friends Meeting House
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
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, rededicated 2005 by Martin O'Malley, mayor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the Quakerism series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1781.
Location. 39° 17.51′ N, 76° 36.075′ W. Marker is in Jonestown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of North Asiquith Street and East Fayette Street, on the right when traveling north on North Asiquith Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 East Fayette 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. McKim Free School (within shouting distance of this marker); On to Yorktown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lloyd Street Synagogue (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Lloyd Street Synagogue1029 East Baltimore Street (about 500 feet away); 1023 East Baltimore Street (about 600 feet away); 1017 - 1021 East Baltimore Street (about 600 feet away); B'nai Israel Synagogue (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,679 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 30, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on September 18, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.