Metropolitan AME Church

Metropolitan AME Church (HMK27)

Location: Washington, DC 20005
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.331', W 77° 2.133'

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1518 M Street, NW

— African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

This church started on Capitol Hill in 1821 as Israel Bethel, was founded by African Americans denouncing White racism at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. Later, Pastor Henry McNeal Turner helped persuade President Lincoln to accept Black soldiers into the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1870 Israel Bethel merged with Union Bethel to become Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, the "National Cathedral of African Methodism." This building, designed by architect Samuel T. Morsell, opened in 1886. Frederick Douglass spoke in this pulpit. In addition, funerals for Douglass and Rosa Parks, and prayer services for President Bill Clinton's inauguration, took place here.

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HM NumberHMK27
Series This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series
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Placed ByDC Historic Preservation Office
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7:07pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323496 N 4308261
Decimal Degrees38.90551667, -77.03555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.331', W 77° 2.133'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 19.86" N, 77° 2' 7.98" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1550 M St NW, Washington DC 20005, US
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