Buena Vista in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Faith and Action
An East-of-the-River View
— Anacostia Heritage Trail —
Macedonia Baptist Church, about a block to your left at 2625 Stanton Road, was organized in 1866 by Rev. James William Howard. Ten years later a group led by Rev. Henry Scott left Macedonia to form Bethlehem Baptist Church (across Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue).
Some early Barry Farm residents trekked the mile to the African Methodist Episcopal Allen Chapel, which since 1850 served the free black families of Good Hope village. Soon they formed what became Campbell AME Church, up the hill from this spot. During the 1950s, Campbell AME hosted groups working to desegregate schools in the District. Young church members Barbara and Adrienne Jennings were plaintiffs in Bolling v. Sharpe, one of the court cases folded into Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954 the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board and outlawed school segregation nationwide.
African American Episcopalians attended the Chapel of St. Philip
Civic leader, lecturer, and poet Solomon Brown of Elvans Road founded Pioneer Sabbath School, where adults heard uplifting talks by such eminent speakers of the late 18005 as Frederick Douglass, Representative John Mercer Langston, and other members of Congress. Brown's school met weekly in Douglass Hall on the corner of Howard Road behind you. The United House of Prayer for All People, on Douglass Hall's former site, arrived in Anacostia in 1942, and on this spot in 1969.
Erected 2016 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Anacostia Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 51.673′ N, 76° 59.649′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2511 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue Southeast, Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Navy Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birney School (about 400 feet away); Nichols Avenue Elementary School/Old Birney School Site (about 400 feet away); Roads That Divide (about 500 feet away); Barry Farm Dwellings (about 600 feet away); A Museum for the Community (about 700 feet away); Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Hillsdale (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buena Vista.
Also see . . . Macedonia Baptist Church, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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