Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Avenue of Churches
Village in the City
—Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —
Canaan Baptist replaced Gunton-Temple Memorial Presbyterian Church, whose white congregation had moved to Bethesda, Maryland. Like many white Washingtonians in the period following World War II, they left because of school desegregation and also because the suburbs offered newer housing.
Just across 16th Street is St. Stephen and the Incarnation, known as the first racially integrated Episcopal Church in the city. During the controversial tenure of Father William Wendt (1960-1978), St. Stephen's also became, known for its political activism. Father Wendt came under fire in 1967 for inviting civil rights activist H. Rap Brown to speak in the church. In 1974 he was censured by Episcopal Church leaders for permitting a woman to celebrate the Eucharist before the practice was accepted.
During the riots following the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968, St. Stephen's distributed emergency food and supplies.
The Northbrook Apartments across Newton Street were built in 1916
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5 of 17.)
Location. 38° 55.993′ N, 77° 2.193′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Sixteenth Street and Newton Place (M. Cecil Mills Way) when traveling south on Sixteenth Street. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Canaan Baptist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sacred Heart Academy (about 600 feet away); Upheaval and Activism (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wilson Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Main Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fashionable 16th Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nob Hill (approx. half a mile away); Social Justice (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on July 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.