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 Quakers were deeply involved in the Committee of Indian Affairs, which advocated and at times litigated on behalf of the rights of Native Americans.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.51′ N, 76° 36.075′ W. Marker is 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.
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 Synagogue (about 500 feet away); 1029 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 Baltimore.
Also see . . . Description from the Maryland Historical Trust. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Churches, Etc. • Civil Rights • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,367 times since then and 67 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.