Belmont Chapel

Belmont Chapel (HM2NBO)

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N 39° 4.153', W 77° 29.14'

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Margaret Mercer (1791-1846), educator and reformer, purchased Belmont plantation in 1836. Here she ran a prominent academy for young women, waiving tuition for those unable to afford it. Best known for advocating the liberation of enslaved African Americans and promoting their resettlement in Liberia, Mercer also gained recognition for her book Popular Lectures on Ethics (1841). She commissioned the construction of Belmont Chapel, which opened here by 1841. The chapel hosted Episcopal services and a Sunday school at which African Americans were educated alongside whites. Long an important community center, the chapel burned in the 1960s. St. David's Episcopal Church opened here in 1990.
Year Placed2018
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, December 1st, 2019 at 7:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284957 N 4327398
Decimal Degrees39.06921667, -77.48566667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 4.153', W 77° 29.14'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 4' 9.18" N, 77° 29' 8.4" W
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