The history of the Metropolitan AME Church is very important in the development of the
AME Church in the District of Columbia. The impetus for the organization of the church was
dissatisfaction among the District of Columbia's black community with the predominately white
Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. One group of parishioners organized themselves and
petitioned for the first AME church in the District. The building that houses Metropolitan was
built at a cost of $70,000 and dedicated on May 30, 1886. The church was designed by architect
George Dearing. Throughout its history, the church has had parishioners who were very
important in the history of Washington's African American community, including Frederick
Douglass and Altheia Turner. Funeral services for Frederick Douglass and former US Senator Blanche K. Bruce
were held at the church.
The Metropolitan AME Church
Photo courtesy of DC SHPO
The Metropolitan AME Church is located at 1518 M St., NW. It is
open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Services are held on Sunday at 8:00 am and 11:00 am. For information
call 202/331-1426. Metro stop: Farragut West