Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church
The National Cathedral of African Methodism
The African Methodist Episcopal Church denomination, of which Metropolitan is a part, was founded in 1787 by Richard Allen in protest against segregated worship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The A.M.E. Church, which was the first African American independent religious body in the United States, was incorporated in 1816.
The cornerstone of this historic structure was laid in 1881, and the church was completed in 1886. African Methodist Episcopal members throughout the United States contributed funding to build this edifice. Their sacrificial gifts are memorialized in Metropolitan's
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church continues to embody its deepest Christian (Methodist) covenant. It is a sanctuary, welcoming all people of worship, built to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Erected by Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church ⛪ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
Location. 38° 54.333′ N, 77° 2.128′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on M Street Northwest west of 15th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling west. Marker is near the main entrance to the church, on the south side of M Street between 15th and 16th Streets Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1518 M Street Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Metropolitan AME Church (a few steps from this marker); Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal ChurchSaint Augustine Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Howard Taft (about 400 feet away); Linotype Model 31 (about 500 feet away); Winfield Scott (about 700 feet away); Katharine Graham (about 700 feet away); This House was Occupied by Alexander Graham Bell (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . . Metropolitan AME Church. National Park Service page. (Submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,955 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.