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
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 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.
Also see . . .
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 Americans • Churches, Etc. •
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