Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Baptist Church
In this heavily charged atmosphere, Moses Clayton, an ex-slave and lay minister from Norfolk, Virginia was called to Baltimore by William Crane, a well-known merchant and active Baptist, also from Norfolk. Clayton arrived in Baltimore in 1834, began Sunday School classes in his home, and was ordained the following year. On February 2, 1836, the "First Colored People's Baptist Church of Baltimore" was founded and housed in a school building near Belair Market, offered rent-free by a sympathetic banker.
As minister, Clayton energetically fought for the education of Black children. He joined other activists in petitioning the City to stop taxing Blacks for the support of public schools which excluded them, and urged a separate system to be established. The petitions were rejected, but the Baptist Sunday School, through its religious and secular classes, continued to play a vital part in the struggle to provide education to the
Erected by the City of Baltimore, First Baptist Church, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.817′ N, 76° 35.842′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Caroline Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 North Caroline Street, Baltimore MD 21205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Dunbar High School (a few steps from this marker); The General’s Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Young Martyrs (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Poe’s Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas Wildey Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church Home and Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ferdinand Clairborne Latrobe (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1781 Friends Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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