Orchard Street Church Historical

Orchard Street Church Historical (HM1XA4)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.852', W 76° 37.433'

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In 1882, when the present building of the Orchard Street Methodist Episcopal Church was dedicated, it was called "an honor to the colored race and handsome ornament to the city." The Orchard Street congregation commissioned architect Frank E. Davis to design a new place of worship, as it had outgrown its previous structure. The 1882 building is the third church erected for the congregation on this site.

Truman Pratt, a former slave of John Eager Howard, founded the congregation in 1825. In 1837, the employers of Pratt's wife donated land at Orchard Street near Ross Street (now Druid Hill Avenue) on which to build a church. According to legend, slaves and freeman built the church at night under the flickering light of torches held by the women. The first church was completed in 1839. A second church stood on this site from 1853 to 1882.

"Father Pratt, " as Truman Pratt came to be called, was not an ordained minister, but acted as elder and trustee of the church. He remained an active participant in the church's activities until his death in 1877 at the age of 102.

Demolition threatened this historic church in the early 1970s, but the intervention of neighborhood groups saved the building for future generations.

(Inscription under the image on the right) Interior, Orchard Street Church.

Rawlings-Blake, Mayor-Baltimore City Landmark, National Register of Historic Places.
HM NumberHM1XA4
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Date Added Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359972 N 4351051
Decimal Degrees39.29753333, -76.62388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.852', W 76° 37.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 51.12" N, 76° 37' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 520 Orchard St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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