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Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Rock on Brightwood Avenue

Battleground to Community

 

—Brightwood Heritage Trail —

 
The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 19, 2008
1. The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Marker
Inscription. Across Quackenbos Street is Emory United Methodist Church. Named to honor Bishop John Emory of Maryland (1789-1835), the congregation dates from 1832.

From the beginning, Emory welcomed all races but, like most Washington churches then, seated African Americans in a separate gallery. In 1846 the national Methodist church split over the slavery issue. Seven years later Emory sided with the South. In 1939 the Methodist Church reunited.

Despite its southern sympathies, the church had helped Union forces build Fort Massachusetts (later named Fort Stevens) in 1861. Troops tore down Emory’s new church to build an ammunition magazine, using some of the bricks to build the fort. Emory’s basement served as a military jail. In 1870 the congregation replaced the lost building with a stone chapel, which was later replaced by the current church.

Emory’s support for the nation’s needs has included ministering to soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital during and after World War I.

As Brightwood’s racial complexion changed in the 1950s, Emory’s congregation became predominantly African American by the 1970s.

In the late 1880s, the city built a public school for Brightwood’s White children on this corner. The current Brightwood Elementary at 13th and Nicholson streets succeeded it in 1925.

As you proceed to
The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
2. The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Marker
sign 16, note the driveway that separates Emory Church from Fort Stevens. It is a remnant of the original Piney Branch Road, built to bypass the toll booth on the Seventh Street Turnpike (later Brightwood Avenue and now Georgia Avenue).
 
Erected 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Location. 38° 57.821′ N, 77° 1.676′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue, NW (U.S. 29) and Quackenbos Street, NW, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue, NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Get Down You Fool” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Stevens (about 400 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (about 400 feet away); Scale Model of Fort Stevens (about 400 feet away); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Stevens (about 500 feet away); Aunt Betty's Story (about 500 feet away); Park and Shop! (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
 
More about this marker. In the upper left is a portrait of Bishop
"The Rock" - Emory United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 19, 2008
3. "The Rock" - Emory United Methodist Church
at Georgia [nee "Brightwood"] Avenue and Quackenbos Street.
John Emory, for whom the church was named.
In the upper center is a photo of The third Emory Church, a stone chapel, was torn down in 1922. In the upper right is a photo of Mabel Gatley (women’s) Bible class, 1940.

Down the right side is a series of photos depicting life in the congregation. The first is captioned, After church, 1939. Beside it Emory Church Senior Pastor Dr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. pose with young members of the congregation, 2005. And another photo shows An Emory Church walk for the homeless steps off from behind the church on what was once the Piney Branch road bypass.

At the bottom right is a photo of Brightwood Elementary School, the community’s second school for White children.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail.
 
Also see . . .  Our History. Emory’s Timeline of History (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Methodist Episcopal
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Marker - photo on reverse image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 19, 2008
4. The Rock on Brightwood Avenue Marker - photo on reverse
"Emory United Methodist Church Mass Choir, 1997."
Bishop John Emory image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
5. Bishop John Emory
for whom the church was named
Close-up of photo on marker
The Stone Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
6. The Stone Chapel
The third Emory Church, a stone chapel, was torn down in 1922.
Close-up of photo on marker
Women's Bible Class image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
7. Women's Bible Class
Mabel Gatley (Women's) Bible Class, 1940.
Close-up of photo on marker
After Church, 1939. image. Click for full size.
circa 1939
8. After Church, 1939.
Close-up of photo on marker
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
9. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.
Emory Church Pastor Dr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., pose with young members of the congregation, 2005.
Close-up of photo on marker
Walk for the Homeless image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
10. Walk for the Homeless
Am Emory Church walk for the homeless steps off from behind the church on what was once the Piney Branch Road bypass.
Close-up of photo on marker
Brightwood Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
11. Brightwood Elementary School
Brightwood Elementary School, the community's second school for white children.
Close-up of photo on marker
Map - Brightwood Heritage Trail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
12. Map - Brightwood Heritage Trail
You are Here.
Close-up of map on reverse of marker
The Rock on Brightwood Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
13. The Rock on Brightwood Avenue
The Corner Stone image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
14. The Corner Stone

Emory M E Chvrch
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Bvilt 1832
Rebvilt 1856
Rebvilt 1869
Rebvilt 1922
After Church, 2012 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 24, 2012
15. After Church, 2012
Site of Brightwood Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 13, 2013
16. Site of Brightwood Elementary School
"Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 19, 2008
17. "Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail"
"Welcome to Brightwood, one of Washington, D.C.'s early communities and the site of the only Civil War battle to take place within the District of Columbia. Along with nearby Battlefield National Cemetery, Fort Stevens is a daily reminder that the Civil War greatly affected the citizens of Washington. This crossroads community developed from the Seventh Street Turnpike, today's Georgia Avenue, and Military Road. Its earliest days included a pre-Civil War settlement of free African Americans (one of whom, Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, appears on each Heritage Trail sign). Eventually Brightwood boasted a popular race track, country estates, and sturdy suburban housing. In 1861 the area was known as Brighton, but once it was large enough to merit a U.S. Post Office, the name was changed to Brightwood to distinguish it from Briton, Maryland. With a stock of solid, attractive houses and apartments, the recreational attractions of nearby Rock Creek Park, and long standing houses of worship. Brightwood has welcomed generations of families whose aspirations have shaped its life and character. ..."
The Bell image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 16, 2008
18. The Bell
John Davis displays the old Emory Church Bell at the opening of the Brightwood Heritage Tail. The hanger and clapper of the bell date from the 30's but the bell itself dates from 1904.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,938 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on March 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   15. submitted on May 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   16. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   17. submitted on March 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   18. submitted on May 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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