Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage

Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (HMLHD)

Location: Rockville, MD 20850 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 5.153', W 77° 9.225'

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21 & 17 Wood Lane

— Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour —

Racial tensions between African American and white church members peaked immediately before the Civil War. Pro-slavery parishioners joined the M. E. Church South in 1863. By 1868 the predominately African American M. E. Church North owned this property.

This church had African American parishioners, slaves and free men but was segregated. White worshipers entered the front door and sat in the sanctuary while African Americans used a separate entrance and sat upstairs in the gallery. Some African American parishioners protested this racist system by refusing to attend church, listening from outside the window.

The Parsonage was built in 1912 from trees harvested by the congregation at a church-owned lot in Poolesville. The Reverend James Cole, his wife Lila and their nine children lived here. These two buildings are among the few remaining historic church and parsonage units left in Montgomery County.
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour series
Marker Number8
Placed ByCity of Rockville, Historic District Commission, Department of Community Planning and Development Services
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:41pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313719 N 4328515
Decimal Degrees39.08588333, -77.15375000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.153', W 77° 9.225'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 9.18" N, 77° 9' 13.50" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11 Wood Ln, Rockville MD 20850, US
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