Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant
In 1845, a doctrinal dispute over slavery caused the Methodist Episcopal Church to separate into two factions, North and South. The southern faction in Rockville left the congregation and built a new church in 1868 on West Montgomery Avenue. The old church was left to the North, or non-slavery Methodists, and became a predominantly black congregation. In 1892, the church, now named Jerusalem Methodist Episcopal Church, was dismantled and enlarged.
It housed black students in 1912 when the Rockville Negro Elementary School burned and was the site of graduation ceremonies through the 1950s. It merged with Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in 1989. The belfry was removed, the stairs expanded, and the building was stuccoed in 1954.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 marker series.
Location. 39° 5.155′ N, 77° 9.226′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Wood Lane near North Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (here, next to this marker); Hebron House and Print Shop (a few steps from this marker); Galilean Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. T’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville’s First Colored Schools (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Higgins House (about 400 feet away); North Adams Street and Middle Lane Residential Area (about 400 feet away); Beall-Dawson House and Park (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
More about this marker. One of the "Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850" series of markers.
Also see . . .
1. Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant UMC History (Submitted on July 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Jerusalem M.E. Church. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (PDF) (Submitted on July 3, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Notable Buildings •
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