ciao, black history month
hola, black history 'rest of the year'!
This final "Negro History Week" post focuses on Nineteenth Street Baptist Church's annual Negro history week program. Joseph E. Penn, director of the DCPS' department of history [didn't know there was such a thing!], was the guest speaker.
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church began in 1839 as the First Colored Church of Washington. In 1870, it was incorporated as the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church. The church is now at 4606 16th Street N.W. In 1968, it sat on the corner of 19th & I Sts, NW.
The program was sponsored by the Helping Hand Club, which still operates today. For more history, go here.
Evening Star source: "Negro History Talk," 10 February 1968, p. 9.