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Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

15th and R streets, NW

 
Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
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.

Caption:
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.
Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
2. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 1501 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
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 Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil RightsEducation
 
Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
3. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
4. Closeup of image on the marker
Rev. Francis J. Grimke
Scurlock Studio Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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