Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
400 D Street, SE
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —
Ebenezer United Methodist Church is Capitol Hill’s oldest independent Black congregation. Ebenezer UMC was founded in 1827 by African Americans who left a biracial church on Capitol Hill because the White congregants practiced segregation. The neew congregation purchased land here and built a small frame structure. In 1864 Ebenezer UMC gained its first African American minister, Reverend Noah Jones, and housed the city’s first publicly financed school for Black children. Emma V. Brown, an accomplished poet and the city’s first African American public school teacher, was one of two teachers in the school. The current church was completed in 1897.
Sunlight illuminates the pews of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. (Photo by Bill Lebovich.)
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC: DC Historic District.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.062′ N, 77° 0.028′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on D Street, SE near 4th Street, SE. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 D Street, SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are The Capitol in Flames (approx. ¼ mile away); Destroying the Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Christ Church, Washington Parish (approx. ¼ mile away); In the Alley (approx. ¼ mile away); Eastern Market (approx. ¼ mile away); Edge of the Row (approx. ¼ mile away); John Philip Sousa (approx. ¼ mile away); Christ Church and Its Parishioners (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Education • Notable Events • Notable Places •
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