Avenue of Churches

Avenue of Churches (HM1F9S)

Location: Washington, DC 20010
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.993', W 77° 2.193'

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Village in the City

— Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —

To Your Left is Canaan Baptist Church. Its relocation here from Georgia Avenue in 1963 was the fulfillment of pastor Rev. M. Cecil Mills's dream to preside over the first African American church on this avenue of churches. The congregation paraded from their old church to the new and celebrated for an entire month.

Canaan Baptist replaced Gunton-Temple Memorial Presbyterian Church, whose white congregation had moved to Bethesda, Maryland. Like many white Washingtonians in the period following World War II, they left because of school desegregation and also because the suburbs offered newer housing.

Just across 16th Street is St. Stephen and the Incarnation, known as the first racially integrated Episcopal Church in the city. During the controversial tenure of Father William Wendt (1960-1978), St. Stephen's also became, known for its political activism. Father Wendt came under fire in 1967 for inviting civil rights activist H. Rap Brown to speak in the church. In 1974 he was censured by Episcopal Church leaders for permitting a woman to celebrate the Eucharist before the practice was accepted.

During the riots following the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968, St. Stephen's distributed emergency food and supplies.

The Northbrook Apartments across Newton Street were built in 1916 by prolific developer Harry Wardman, known for his blocks of substantial rowhouses and grand apartment buildings. As you walk to Sign 6, be sure to notice two of Mount Pleasant's original wood frame houses: 1626 and 1640 Newton Street.
HM NumberHM1F9S
Marker Number5
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC.
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 4:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323478 N 4311337
Decimal Degrees38.93321667, -77.03655000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.993', W 77° 2.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 59.58" N, 77° 2' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3360 16th St NW, Washington DC 20010, US
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