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Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— 15th and R streets, NW —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
1. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  The Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church has been a vital religious, educational, and social center since 1841. It was founded by John F. Cook, Sr. (ca. 1810-1855), who rose from slavery to run Union Seminary and become Washington's first black Presbyterian pastor. Among the church's pastors have been some of the most important abolitionists, orators, and civil rights activists of their days, including the Rev. Henry Highland Garnet (1864-1866) and the Rev. Francis J. Grimke (1877-1928). In 1870 the country's first black high school (now Dunbar) was established at Fifteenth Street Presbyterian. The church moved to this site in 1918. The current building was completed in 1979.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
 
Location. 38° 54.772′ N, 77° 2.062′ W. Marker is in
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
2. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church
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Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 15th Street Northwest north of R Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bishop's Gate Condominium (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dupont Circle area has always been (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgia Douglas Johnson Residence (about 500 feet away); The Hawarden (about 500 feet away); This section of 15th St. (about 500 feet away); Embassy of the Republic of Congo (about 700 feet away); John Wesley Cromwell Residence (about 800 feet away); Alma Thomas Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Circle.
 
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Caption:
Rev. Francis J. Grimke
Scurlock Studio Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
 
Also see . . .  Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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