Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Midcity at the Crossroads
—Shaw Heritage Trail —
In 1960 the temple, renamed Masjid Muhammad Mosque, moved nearby to 1519 Fourth Street where Malcolm X briefly served as its leader.
The story of Shiloh Baptist Church, across the street began during the Civil War. The Union Army, about to attack Fredericksburg, Virginia, offered safe passage to Washington for enslaved or free Blacks wanting to flee. Some 400 members of Fredericksburg’s accepted, and in 1863 founded Washington’s Shiloh Baptist Church on L Street, NW, west of 16th. In 1924 Shiloh moved here to what had been Hamline Methodist Church. When some White neighbors objected, the owner of Hamline Church’s organ paid a janitor to set the organ of fire, damaging the
Rev. Earl Harrison (behind the smoke) oversaw the burning of Shiloh’s mortgage in 1943 as the choir sang. (Collection of Shiloh Baptist Church)
Malcolm X of the Nation of Islam, 1964. (Library of Congress)
Elijah Muhammad, second leader of the Nation of Islam. (Library of Congress)
Marian Anderson performed at Shiloh in 1934. (Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library)
[Recital Program] “Marian Anderson, Contralto”. (Collection of Shiloh Baptist Church)
Shiloh Baptist Church members Dr. Theodore George (fourth from left), Rev. Walter Fauntroy, and Julius Hobson led a civil rights march from the church to the White House, May 1963. ( The Washington Post)
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. spoke at Shiloh’s Men’s Day in 1960. (Collection of Shiloh Baptist Church)
Erected 2006 by Cultural
Marker series. This marker is included in the Shaw Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.591′ N, 77° 1.432′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 9th Street Northwest north of P Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This is marker five of a set of seventeen included with this Cultural DC Heritage Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 9th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carter G. Woodson House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Working for the Race (about 400 feet away); Alley Life (about 500 feet away); The Fires of 1968 (about 600 feet away); Phyllis Wheatley YWCA (about 700 feet away); Community Anchors (about 800 feet away); When Gordon Met Ella (approx. 0.2 miles away); Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
Also see . . .
1. Malcolm X. (Submitted on March 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Marian Anderson. (Submitted on March 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.