The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church is celebrating its 175th anniversary on Sunday.
One of Washington’s oldest black churches, the church has served as a spiritual venue for abolitionist and civil rights pioneers from Frederick Douglass to Ernest Green. It has also led educational and social justice programs for its congregation for decades.
Bishop Samuel Green, the presiding Prelate of the 12th Episcopal District, led the Sunday morning worship service. The church was decorated with African textiles, and members and guests were asked to wear African attire to the service.
An anniversary celebration and musical guests are scheduled in the NEA Building, across the street from the church.
Carrying on in the tradition of the African American men who founded the church in the mid-19th century, the men of Metropolitan have created a special brotherhood that has come to define the church’s identity.