The House of Hopkins
Check it out! My essay “A Maryland Mystery: Johns Hopkins, the 1850 Census, and Slavery," written with my co-researchers Edward C. Papenfuse, Stan Becker, and Samuel B. Hopkins, has been awarded the 2022 Joseph Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore’s History.
Telling the Story of Johns Hopkins and his Quaker Family
Welcome to my blog! Along with three research partners, I am exploring the life and Quaker roots of Johns Hopkins, the founder of Johns Hopkins University. Organized around key members of the Hopkins family and employing an evidence-driven approach, my posts will focus special attention on the family's relationship to slavery during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Click on the video below to view a presentation held on the 227th anniversary of Johns Hopkins' birth, May 19th, 2022, titled "Johns Hopkins and His Family: Quaker Roots and Confronting Slavery."
A Quaker Silhouette
Silhouettes were a Quaker artform. This example depicts Minnie Hopkins in 1866.
Certificate of Freedom for Affy
Affy was enslaved by Johns Hopkins' grandfather, manumitted by deed in 1778, and released in 1796.