All elementary and middle school classrooms at Mary McDowell Friends School are identified by a Quaker name. We are very proud that each classroom is named for either a Quaker who made important contributions to the formation of MMFS or a Quaker recognized for his/her unique contributions to Friends history.
David Anderson Room
David Anderson was a longtime member of the MMFS Board of Trustees. A well known writer, David was an editor and writer at the New York Times often reporting on issues of gun control. At MMFS, David worked tirelessly for a generous financial aid program so that all children could attend the school.
Mariana Wright Chapman Room
Mariana Wright Chapman was born in New York City and attended Friends Seminary. In 1880, she moved to Brooklyn, NY and was active in the struggle for women’s suffrage and served as the president of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Association. In her work for women’s suffrage she worked closely with Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Levi Coffin Room
Levi Coffin was a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Paul Cuffe Room
Paul Cuffe was an entrepreneur, sea captain, social activist, philanthropist and colonizationalist who fought for the empowerment of African Americans.
Barrington Dunbar Room
Barrington Dunbar devoted his life to social work and the black liberation movement.
Margaret Fell Room
Margaret Fell was active in the founding of Quakerism and in prison reform. She was the wife of George Fox.
George Fox Room
George Fox was the founder of Quakerism.
Elizabeth Fry Room
Elizabeth Fry was a Quaker prison reformer.
Norman Krisberg Room
Norman Krisberg was a founding member of the MMFS Board of Trustees. He used his superb financial and business acumen to watch over our finances. He was instrumental in guiding our growth and worked closely with both the Monthly and Quarterly Meetings on our behalf.
Paul Lacey is a Quaker educator and author of numerous books on Quakerism. He is professor emeritus at Earlham College, and taught several MMFS faculty members.
Violet Longobardi Room
Violet Longobardi was one of the founders of Mary McDowell Friends School and a member of Brooklyn meeting. Violet’s generous spirit and thoughtful insights guided and inspired the Board, faculty and students. In the early years of the school, she regularly invited students who visited the Brooklyn Museum to come across the street and eat lunch at her apartment.
Maria Mitchell Room
Maria Mitchell was an astronomer and the first American to discover a telescopic comet.
Lucretia Mott Room
Lucretia Mott was an abolitionist and founder of the women’s rights movement. She was one of the organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention.
Emily Greene Balch Room
Emily Greene Balch was a Quaker economist and writer who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for her work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
William Penn Room
William Penn was the founder of Pennsylvania and created some of the first treaties that were kept with the Native Americans.
John Whittier Room
John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American poet and abolitionist.
Prudence Crandall House
Prudence Crandall was an educator, abolitionist and founder of the first boarding school for African American girls in New England.
Edward Hicks House
Edward Hicks was a distinguished American folk art painter and Quaker minister. He painted The Peaceable Kingdom, one of the world’s most recognizable paintings.
Rufus Jones House
Rufus Jones was active in the War Resisters League and a friend of Mary McDowell.
Joseph Lister House
Joseph Lister was a scientist who discovered antiseptics. He also created Listerine.
Alice Paul House
Alice Paul was a leader of the National Suffrage Movement.
Bayard Rustin House
Bayard Rustin was a civil rights leader and the organizer of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. made the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was a member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting. He was present at the gathering at which Mary McDowell Friends School was proposed and accepted as a new Quaker school.
Ham Seok-heon House
Ham Seok-heon was a notable figure in the Religious Society of Friends movement in Korea and was nicknamed the “Gandhi of Korea.” He was an important voice for human rights andnon-violence during the 20th century, despite numerous imprisonments for his beliefs.
In the 1970’s, Dorothy and Irving Stowe, along with Jim Bohlens, founded the Greenpeace organization and turned the attention of the world to environmental issues.
John Woolman House
John Woolman was an abolitionist. He said, “Love the slave owners as well as the slave.”