Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Baptist Church, Georgetown
2624 Dumbarton Street, NW
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —
The first Baptist church established in Georgetown was funded in 1862 by the Reverend Sandy Alexander (1818-1902), a former slave who led the church until 1889. Among the founding members was Collins Williams, a preacher from Fredericksburg, Virginia, who with his wife Betsey had been leading religious meetings in private homes. Rev. Alexander’s congregation, expanded by the arrival of a group from Fredericksburg, first met in a small frame structure known as “the Ark” on land at 29th and O Streets, donated by the Williamses. In 1882, congregants laid the cornerstone for the current building, financing it in part with the proceeds of Rev. Alexander’s speaking tour through the northern states.
Members of First Baptist Church, Georgetown, 1930s
First Baptist Church Georgetown
Georgetown Historic District, DC
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC - Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.457′ N, 77° 3.341′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2624 Dumbarton Street, NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Epiphany Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herring Hill (about 700 feet away); Before the 1800s (about 700 feet away); During the years following the Civil War (about 700 feet away); Mount Zion United Methodist Church and Heritage Center, and the Female Union Band Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Early African American Georgetown (about 800 feet away); Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .
1. First Baptist Church, Georgetown: "Our History". (Submitted on July 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. First Baptist Church, Georgetown, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Landmarks •
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