How did the Quaker group begin?

Three Story House – The Quaker group is also known as the Religious Society of Friends. The society’s history can be traced back to the 17th century in England. The group consists of some English men caught between the ravaging religious war tearing England apart at that time. To seek refuge, this group of people abandoned their homeland for fear of religious persecution and also for greener pastures on the American continent. 

At inception, only two of the colonies in the U.S supported the new group. The colonies of Rhode Island and Pennsylvania represent the colonies that served as hosts for the Quakers. One of the traits of the group is pacifism, and over time top personalities of British and American origin have been associated with the Quaker religious society. Characters such as Joan Baez, Susan B. Anthony, George Cadbury (the founder of the world-famous Cadbury chocolate), Edward R. Murrow, President Nixon, Dolley Madison, Dave Mathew, Judi Dench, William Penn, Bonnie Ratt, and few others.

Let’s examine three major stories about the Quaker meeting in Florida.


  • Started with President and Mrs. Hoover at inception



According to details of the events as recorded by the Washington Post, the dedication and first service of the society of friends took place in Washington D.C in 1931, and the meeting had in attendance top personalities from all walks of life. Government Officials, Members of Congress, leaders of the business, and civil society were fully represented. 


Also in attendance was POTUS (President of the United States). Mr. Hoover and the First Lady were also present to mark the event. 


Also, the building where the first meeting took place has a colonial tower. The tower is regarded as the most beautiful building in the Eastern part of the United States.

Those who gave a speech on that day included Doctor Hornell Hart, George Waltham, Henry Roth, Dr. Augustus Murray. T of Palo Alto, California.



  • Attacked civil rights leader gave speeches



By the early 1960s, the U.S was engulfed in different civil rights movements. From civil rights for black and the people of color movement to feminism movements, the country witnessed one of its worst unrest since the civil war. At the heart of the situation was Ralph D. Abernathy. He was a pastor at the Baptist Church of Montgomery. In January, his house had been attacked with dynamite by a raging mob displeased with his opinion on various civil rights matters. 


According to details of the events by the Washington Post, Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy was scheduled to give his speech at the Friends Meeting House on 2111 Florida avenue by 8 pm. In his company will be the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association Martin Luther King Jr. 


At the meeting, Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, who also is the Vice President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, used the occasion to stress the Non –Violence Struggle for Social justice for all. His speech’s primary focus was sponsored by a group called the American Friends Service Committee and Joint Committee on Peace and Social Order of the Washington Friends.



  • Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor, sued for assault 


Henry Rosin of the District of Columbia filed a whopping $500,000 charge against Ben Bradlee, an editor at the Washington Post at the Washington D.C Superior Court. The details of the court documents indicated that the charges involved assault, battery, and defamation by Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post in connection to an event that allegedly took place on August 14 at the Friends Meeting House situated at 2211 Florida. Although, Ben Bradlee refused to comment on the suit. He referred the question to his attorney, Edward B. Williams.


Home Builders – Although many events had passed, while some are still occurring, the three above events remain the significant events that have shaped the Quaker House story