Jonestown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
McKim Free School
Before Baltimore's public school system opened in 1829, education was the concern of charitable and religious organizations. An early leader in the education movement was the McKim Free School, established through a bequest of Quaker merchant John McKim. In his will, he specified that $600 be appropriated annualy from his estate for the support of a free school, administered by the Society of Friends. The school was open to indigent youth of both sexes regardless of religion.
Classes were held in rented or private quarters for twelve years until the building was completed in 1833. Designed by William F. Small and William Howard, the McKim building is the most architecturally accurate classic Greek Revival building in Baltimore. The facade is a three-fifths scale mode of the Theseum, and the flanks are modeled on the Propylaea, both Athenian temples.
During the Civil War the school was converted to a childcare facility. In 1924 the Friends offered the building as a place of worship to a Presbyterian congregation. Since then, the building has served a variety of educational and recreational purposes supported by the United
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, rededicated 2005 Martin O'Malley, mayor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Education. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the Quakerism series lists.
Location. 39° 17.469′ N, 76° 36.067′ W. Marker is in Jonestown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of East Baltimore Street and North Aisquith Street on East Baltimore Street. Marker is on the front of the McKim Free School, to the right of the front door. Access to the marker may be difficult due to a fence around the property. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. On to Yorktown (a few steps from this marker); 1781 Friends Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd Street Synagogue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Lloyd Street Synagogue (about 300 feet away); 1029 East Baltimore Street (about 400 feet away); 1023 East Baltimore StreetB'nai Israel Synagogue (about 500 feet away); 1017 - 1021 East Baltimore Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,707 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.