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 following the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968, St. Stephen's distributed emergency food and supplies.
The Northbrook Apartments across Newton Street were built in 1916
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5 of 17.)
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 55.993′ N, 77° 2.193′ W. Marker was in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker was at the intersection of Sixteenth Street and Newton Place (M. Cecil Mills Way) when traveling south on Sixteenth Street. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Canaan Baptist Church. Marker was in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. 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 (about 600 feet away); 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 December 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on December 24, 2017, by Devry 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.