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OUR HISTORY

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.

REV. FRANCIS JAMES GRIMKE

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Meet Francis Grimké (1850-1937), Faithful Minister of Grace
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Rev. Francis James Grimké
(October 10, 1850 – 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. Francis James Grimké: "Some Reflections, Growing Out of the Recent Epidemic of Influenza That Afflicted Our City: A Discourse" - Sunday Nov. 3 1918.
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Rev. Francis James Grimké: "God and the Race Problem" - a discourse delivered at 15th Street Presbyterian Church on May 3, 1903. 

OUR HISTORY

Historic Father's Day Video Presentation 6/20/21
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An Oral History of 15th Street Presbyterian Church
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"Kindling Our Journey with Praises to God"
Video made in 2011 for church's 170th Anniversary

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"
A Few Words from Rev. John L. Pharr"
Video made in 2011 for church's 170th Anniversary

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