Presbytery of Baltimore History

1619

First enslaved Africans arrive in America

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1632

Colony of Maryland Founded

1640

Congregation organizes first Presbyterian Church in the USA

Southampton Long Island, New York

1661

Bible translated into Algonquin

Native American “evangelization” leads to “praying towns” at Natick, MA

1680

White appears in colonial laws

1715

Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church Organized

Mt. Paran Presbyterian

Randallstown, Maryland

1723

First presbytery established

by Fancis Makemie (who owned slaves) in Philadelphia

1729

Town of Baltimore founded

1738

Churchville Presbyterian Church Organized

Churchville Presbyterian

Churchville, Maryland

1759

Great Awakening

Missionary movement begins. People consider evangelization of enslaved people.

1760

Emmitsburg Presbyterian Church Organized

Emmitsburg Presbyterian Church

Emmitsburg, Maryland

1761

First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church Organized

Baltimore, Maryland

1769

Bethel Presbyterian Church Organized

Bethel Presbyterian Church

White Hall, Maryland

1776

America Declares Independence

1780

Frederick Presbyterian Church Organized

Frederick Presbyterian

Frederick, Maryland

1786

Shay’s Rebellion

Massachusetts, USA

1788

First overture calling for abolition passed

1800

Baltimore becomes city with largest free black population

In the United States

1802

Second Presbyterian Church Organized

Second Presbyterian

Baltimore, Maryland

1807

First African American Minister

John Gloucester is ordained.

1810

First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland Organized

First Presbyterian of Cumberland

Cumberland, Maryland

1817

Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown Organized

Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown Organized

Hagerstown, Maryland