1518 M Street, NW
— African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —This church started on Capitol Hill in 1821 as Israel Bethel, was founded by African Americans denouncing White racism at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. Later, Pastor Henry McNeal Turner helped persuade President Lincoln to accept Black soldiers into the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1870 Israel Bethel merged with Union Bethel to become Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, the "National Cathedral of African Methodism." This building, designed by architect Samuel T. Morsell, opened in 1886. Frederick Douglass spoke in this pulpit. In addition, funerals for Douglass and Rosa Parks, and prayer services for President Bill Clinton's inauguration, took place here.
|Series||This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series|
|Placed By||DC Historic Preservation Office|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7:07pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 323496 N 4308261|
|Decimal Degrees||38.90551667, -77.03555000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 54.331', W 77° 2.133'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 54' 19.86" N, 77° 2' 7.98" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1550 M St NW, Washington DC 20005, US|
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