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Our storied history reaches back to 1841 as the first African American Presbyterian Church in the Nation’s Capital playing a prominent role in the struggle for freedom, civil rights, and the founding of educational institutions.  
 
Today we warmly welcome and champion the rights of all people regardless of their country of origin, race, sexual orientation, age, and economic status as part of God’s loving human family.


 
13th Amendment and Slavery

February 14, 2015
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Pastors (including our own Rev. Bob Bell), historians, church choirs, and an actor portraying abolitionist Frederick Douglass reflected on the 150th anniversary of the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. This event was held at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church where President Lincoln frequently worshiped. 
 

Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church
"A Few Words from Rev. John L. Pharr"
Video made in 2011 for church's 170th Anniversary
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Rev. Francis James Grimké
(October 10, 1850[1] – October 11, 1937) was an American Presbyterian minister in Washington, DC who was prominent in working for equal rights for African Americans. 
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Rev. Henry Highland Garnet
On February 12, 1865, Rev. Henry Highland Garnet, a former slave and now pastor of the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., became the first African American to speak in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C... (click here to read more)