Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
Metropolitan AME Church, DC.jpg
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church is located in Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
Location 1518 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′19″N 77°2′9″W / 38.90528°N 77.03583°W / 38.90528; -77.03583Coordinates: 38°54′19″N 77°2′9″W / 38.90528°N 77.03583°W / 38.90528; -77.03583
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1886
Architect Samuel G. T. Morsell
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73002102[1]
Added to NRHP July 26, 1973

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (Metropolitan AME Church) is a historic church located at 1518 M Street, N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C.

The congregation was founded in 1838 and the current building was constructed in 1886. The funerals of abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1895), the first African American U.S. Senator, Blanche Bruce (1898), and civil-rights activist Rosa Parks (2005) were held in the church. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In May 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added the building to its list of 11 of America's Most Endangered Places due to water damage and other structural problems requiring $11 million in renovations.[2]

U.S. President Barack Obama attended services here on Sunday, January 20, 2013, before his second inauguration.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Ruane, Michael E. (May 19, 2010). "Historic D.C. church lands on most-endangered list". The Washington Post. p. B01. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Harris, Hamil R. (January 20, 2013). "Obamas attend church prior to White House swearing-in". The Washington Post. Image credits: Hamil Harris/TWP (Washington DC: WPC). ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 464372658. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 

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