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Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church

The National Cathedral of African Methodism

 
 
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 4, 2008
1. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Marker
Inscription. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was founded in the District of Columbia in 1838. It is the oldest A.M.E. church and the oldest continuously black-owned property in Washington, D.C. - the Nation's Capital. The church represents the merger of two other congregations, Israel Bethel A.M.E. (1821) and Union Bethel A.M.E. (1838). The latter was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These churches merged in 1870, and the present name, Metropolitan was officially designated and recognized by the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church in 1872.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church denomination, of which Metropolitan is a part, was founded in 1787 by Richard Allen in protest against segregated worship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The A.M.E. Church, which was the first African American independent religious body in the United States, was incorporated in 1816.

The cornerstone of this historic structure was laid in 1881, and the church was completed in 1886. African Methodist Episcopal members throughout the United States contributed funding to build this edifice. Their sacrificial gifts are memorialized in Metropolitan's priceless and majestic stained glass windows, which document the growth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1816-1896. The historic and cultural significance of this institution
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
2. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
The plaque is at the entrance on the right.
was nationally recognized with the designation of the property as a National Historic Landmark on July 26, 1973.

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church continues to embody its deepest Christian (Methodist) covenant. It is a sanctuary, welcoming all people of worship, built to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
Location. 38° 54.333′ N, 77° 2.128′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on M Street, NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is near the main entrance to the church, on the south side of M Street between 15th and 16th Streets, NW. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1518 M Street, NW, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Metropolitan AME Church (a few steps from this marker); Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (a few steps from this marker); Saint Augustine Catholic Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Linotype Model 31 (about 500 feet away); Winfield Scott (about 700 feet away); This House was Occupied by Alexander Graham Bell (about 700 feet away); Daniel Webster Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Downtown.
 
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Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. Makali Bruton, September 5, 2015
3. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Marker
The marker can be seen on the right side of the right-most entrance door, near the sidewalk.

1. Metropolitan AME Church. From the Cultural Tourism DC database. (Submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Metropolitan AME Church. National Park Service page. (Submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
Church Cornerstone Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 4, 2008
4. Church Cornerstone
The National Cathedral of African Methodism
Metropolitan African Methodist
Episcopal Church
Exterior restoration completed in the bicentennial year 1976
Bessie M. Dorsey, Chairman ∙ Robert L. Pruitt, D.D., Minister ∙ Dr. A. J. Felix, Presiding Elder ∙ Rt. Reverend Henry W. Murph, Presiding Bishop
Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Psalms 127:1
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,782 times since then and 73 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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