5. 2727 O Street

2727 O Street
Photo by Bob Rives

Former site of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church

Founded in 1856 by 13 members of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Ebenezer A.M.E. history of activism and community spans 125 years in Georgetown.  In April 1862, on the evening before DC Emancipation, AME Bishop D.A. Payne delivered a sermon at the church entitled “Ransom of the Oppressed” on the duties of already freed African Americans in the city to help their comrades about to be freed.  The fragile legacy of African American churches in Georgetown became evident in the churches inability to financial maintain the church. With less than 30 mostly elderly members, the congregation was later forced to move to Ft. Washington, MD.

(Source: National Park Service)