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The Society of These Young Men: Black Ship Caulkers in Antebellum Baltimore (Virtual Talk)

April 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Baltimore’s most famous ship caulker, Frederick Douglass, described his fellow Black caulkers as “a circle of honest and warm-hearted friends” and declared that he “owe[d] much to the society of these young men.” Join us to learn more about the lives of the ship caulkers and their families through the story of Israel Jones, a president of the Caulkers Trade Union Association. Jones and others worked in the middle of the 1800s to build a strong Black community with philanthropic organizations, education/debating societies, and churches. His story is one of the many that the Friends of the Ship Caulkers’ Houses and the Preservation Society will tell through the ongoing stabilization, rehabilitation, and interpretation of the Ship Caulkers’ Houses at 612-614 S Wolfe Street in Fell’s Point. Join architectural historian Sarah Groesbeck to learn about Israel Jones, the Caulkers’ Houses, and more.


About Our Presenter

Sarah Groesbeck has a B.A. in Art History from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from The George Washington University. She is an architectural historian with the Maryland Environmental Service and MDOT State Highway Administration and a board member of the Friends of the Ship Caulkers Houses and the Preservation Society.


About This Event

This program is hosted on Zoom. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present the Virtual Histories Series: 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Hosted every Friday at 1:00 pm EST.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.


April 15, 2022
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
By Donation
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