Church For Sale

A historic Georgetown church, and its attached apartment building, has just been listed for sale.

The church is the Alexander Memorial Baptist Church at 27th and O. It has a long history in Georgetown. It was named after Rev. Sandy Alexander, an ex-slave who founded the First Baptist Church, which still stands at 26th and P. A group of dissatisfied parishioners, unhappy with the appointment of a young pastor, broke away from the First Baptist Church in 1906 and formed the new church around the corner.

GM has not heard anything about the church closing. The number listed for the church reaches a voice mail that says nothing about closing. GM reached out to the broker to confirm the listing, but has not had his call returned.

The listing sure doesn’t leave much doubt:

SITE CONSISTS OF 3 LAND PARCELS TOTALING 13,680 SQ. FT. EXISTING IMPROVMENTS INCLUDE A CHURCH AND 3-STORY ATTACHED APARTMENT BUILDING. CONDO CONVERSION OPPORTUNITY OR LUXURIOUS SINGLE FAMILY SITE.

If this truly does mean the closing of the church, it will bring to close one chapter in the African American story in Georgetown. Located right in the heart of a historic Black neighborhood that was once dubbed Herring Hill, the church, like its sister church around the corner, has remained an enduring echo of a community that has long since moved out of the neighborhood.

GM will update if he learns more.

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2 responses to “Church For Sale

  1. This is so sad — these historic African American churches, named after herioc freed slaves, are such an important part of the story of the history and rich cultural and religious fabric of Georgetown. It is critical that it be maintained in its currnet form, and developers should be on notice that the community loves this church and what it stands for as well as the architectural interest and open green spaces it provides!

  2. Not to mention the fact that they are absolutely lovely, quiet neighbors in this part of Georgetown.

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