Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Avenue of Churches
Village in the City
—Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —
Canaan Baptist replaced Gunton-Temple Memorial Presbyterian Church, whose white congregation had moved to Bethesda, Maryland. Like many white Washingtonians in the period following World War II, they left because of school desegregation and also because the suburbs offered newer housing.
Just across 16th Street is St. Stephen and the Incarnation, known as the first racially integrated Episcopal Church in the city. During the controversial tenure of Father William Wendt (1960-1978), St. Stephen's also became, known for its political activism. Father Wendt came under fire in 1967 for inviting civil rights activist H. Rap Brown to speak in the church. In 1974 he was censured by Episcopal Church leaders for permitting a woman to celebrate the Eucharist before the practice was accepted.
During the riots
The Northbrook Apartments across Newton Street were built in 1916 by prolific developer Harry Wardman, known for his blocks of substantial rowhouses and grand apartment buildings. As you walk to Sign 6, be sure to notice two of Mount Pleasant's original wood frame houses: 1626 and 1640 Newton Street.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.993′ N, 77° 2.193′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street Northwest and Newton Place Northwest when traveling south on 16th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Canaan Baptist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elder Spirit (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Growing Strong (about 400 feet away); Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey (about 600 feet away); Sacred Heart Academy (about 600 feet away); Casualties Arriving at Mount Pleasant General Hospital, May 1864 Village Life (about 800 feet away); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Streetcar Suburb (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on July 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.