Oliver in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Francis Xavier Church
Father Peter L. Miller formally founded the church in 1864 in a historical building on the corner of Calvert and Pleasant Streets. This structure, pictured below, once served as the First Universalist Church and later housed such historic meetings as the 1844 Whig nomination of Henry Clay, the 1848 Democratic nomination of General Cass, and an 1861 attempt to withdraw Maryland from the Union.
On December 10, 1871, the Josephite fathers, a religious community dedicated to working among blacks, took charge of the church. Subsequently the church founded several other parishes, including St. Monica's, St. Peter Claver, and Christ the King. One of the most notable members of St. Francis Xavier Church was Father Charles Randolph Uncles, the first black priest ordained in the U.S. Construction of the Orleans Street Viaduct
Erected by the City of Baltimore.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) ⛪ series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1818.
Location. 39° 18.433′ N, 76° 35.881′ W. Marker is in Oliver in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of North Caroline Street and East Oliver Street, on the right when traveling north on North Caroline Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21213, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (here, next to this marker); The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ouija Board (approx. half a mile away); Green Mount Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old East Baltimore (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Frances Academy (approx. 0.7 miles away); Young Martyrs (approx. 0.7 miles away); The General’s Highway (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oliver.
Also see . . . St. Francis Xavier Church website. (Submitted on May 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,080 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.