Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church
2562 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
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Campbell AME, established in 1867 as Mount Zion AME, was an outgrowth of its overcrowded parent church, Allen Chapel AME, founded in 1850. When it moved to a location near the present one in 1890, Mount Zion was renamed for AME Bishop Jabez B. Campbell. Frederick Douglass attended Campbell’s dedication ceremonies and occasionally spoke at the church.
In 1950, under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Everette Guiles, the church organized the Campbell Civic Club, and began hosting NAACP strategy meetings and rallies to fight public school segregation. Church members were plaintiffs in Bolling v. Sharpe, a companion case to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
Barbara (left) and Adrienne Jennings, two of the Bolling plaintiffs, celebrate the Brown decision with their mother, Luberta Jennings.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 51.557′ N, 76° 59.701′ W. Marker is in Anacostia Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2562 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Navy Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barry Farm - Hillsdale (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Elizabeths Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Big Chair (approx. half a mile away); The World’s Largest Chair (approx. half a mile away); T-28 Trojan (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Growlery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anacostia.
Regarding Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church. Campbell AME Church dates back to 1850 when members of the local free Black community organized Allen Chapel near Good Hope Village (now Garfield). Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, as it is now known, remains the oldest Black church in Hillsdale. With the arrival of the Barry Farm Freedmen's settlement (later renamed Hillsdale) after the Civil War, Allen Chapel grew so large that a group split off in 1867 and formed Mount Zion AME Church on Mount Zion Hill (now Douglass Road). A
Among the members of Campbell AME Church were Barbara and Adrienne Jennings, two of the plaintiffs in Bolling v. Sharpe, which became a part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education (1954). All of the Bolling plaintiffs came from the Hillsdale community.
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Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Brown v. Board of Education markers.
Additional keywords. Anacostia; Barry Farm; Hillsdale; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Civil Rights • Education •
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