Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mother Churches and Their Daughters
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia Heritage Trail —
As Uniontown grew, so did its Catholic population. In 1879 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, established St. Teresa's Parish. Although racially mixed, St. Teresa's relegated its African American members to the back of the church they had helped build. In 1911 the black parishioners petitioned Cardinal Gibbons for a new parish to serve their needs. While fundraising to build a church of their own, parishioners met in homes and St. Teresa's basement. In 1918 Cardinal Gibbons granted their petition. The parish men volunteered nights and weekends to build the new Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Morris Road near Fort Stanton. It opened in 1921.
For decades black and white Catholics here led separate existences. Nancy Puglisi, a white elementary student at St. Teresa's School during the early 1950s, remembers going with her class to Our Lady of Perpetual Help's annual bazaar. "We'd be told to bring a quarter to buy something. Other than that, blacks and whites never socialized" By the 1970s, with the neighborhood's racial change, St. Teresa's was predominantly black, too.
Our Lady of
The row of eight frame Italianate houses behind you was built in 1889 by brothers William and James Yost. The stone church on this corner originally housed Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the mother church to St. Philip the Evangelist.
Erected 2013 by Anacostia Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 19 of 20.)
Location. 38° 51.91′ N, 76° 59.253′ W. Marker is in Anacostia, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 13th Street Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2116 13th Street Southeast, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rose's Row (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Chair (about 500 feet away); A Neighborhood Oasis (about 600 feet away); Transit and Trade (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Big Chair (about 600 feet away); The World’s Largest Chair (about 600 feet away); Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (about 600 feet away); The Sage of Anacostia (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
Also see . . . St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion •
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