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 —
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.
Rev. Francis J. Grimke
Scurlock Studio Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.772′ N, 77° 2.062′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 15th Street Northwest north of R Street NW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking 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); This section of 15th St. (about 500 feet away); John Wesley Cromwell Residence (about 800 feet away); Alma Thomas Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Family Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charlotte Forten Grimke House (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.