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Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant

 
 
Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
1. Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription. Rockville was an early center of Methodism in Montgomery County. Methodists first met in private homes with occasional visits from a "circuit rider" minister. In 1835, the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church purchased lot 82 of the Original Town of Rockville for $40, where "they may erect and build…thereon a house or place of worship." The Rockville Circuit was established in 1845 to serve 715 white and 527 Negro Methodists. The Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated in 1852 and erected a brick house of worship about 1858.

In 1845, a doctrinal dispute over slavery caused the Methodist Episcopal Church to separate into two factions, North and South. The southern faction in Rockville left the congregation and built a new church in 1868 on West Montgomery Avenue. The old church was left to the North, or non-slavery Methodists, and became a predominantly black congregation. In 1892, the church, now named Jerusalem Methodist Episcopal Church, was dismantled and enlarged.

It housed black students in 1912 when the Rockville Negro Elementary School burned and was the site of graduation ceremonies through the 1950s. It merged with Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in 1989. The belfry was removed, the stairs expanded, and the building was stuccoed in 1954.
 
Erected
Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2013
2. Rockville Methodist Episcopal Church - Jerusalem/Mount Pleasant Marker
2001 by City of Rockville, Maryland, and the Rockville Historic District Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 marker series.
 
Location. 39° 5.155′ N, 77° 9.226′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Wood Lane near North Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (here, next to this marker); Hebron House and Print Shop (a few steps from this marker); Galilean Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. T’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucy Simpson's Rockville Institute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rockville’s First Colored Schools (about 400 feet away); Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church (about 400 feet away); North Adams Street and Middle Lane Residential Area (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
More about this marker. One of the "Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850" series of markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant UMC History
Jerusalem / Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
3. Jerusalem / Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
This marker can be seen to the right of the church at sidewalk level. A second marker is on the wall to the left of the main set of doors.
. (Submitted on July 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Jerusalem M.E. Church. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (PDF) (Submitted on July 3, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Notable Buildings
 
Jerusalem Methodist Church in 1902 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2013
4. Jerusalem Methodist Church in 1902
Close-up of photo on marker
Postcard image courtesy of Peerless Rockville
Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2013
5. Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
Duplicate Marker on Church Wall image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
6. Duplicate Marker on Church Wall
This marker, found to the right of the main doors, contains the same inscription and photograph. It was Dedicated July 11, 1999 by the City of Rockville, Historic District Commission.
Duplicate Marker on the Front Wall of the Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 29, 2013
7. Duplicate Marker on the Front Wall of the Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,799 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on January 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on January 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on January 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   7. submitted on July 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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