Introducing the members of Christ’s Body in Washington, DC to one another to facilitate cooperation in ministry and to promote mutual love among the Christians who worship in all the diverse churches of this area. We write out of the conviction that the Holy Spirit is using churches in DC to worship the Lord and to demonstrate His love through service, so that people will believe that God has sent Jesus into the world, and has also loved them even as He has loved His Son.
The annual Johenning Baptist Center Open House/Community Day/Pediatric Health Fair will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johenning Center, 4025 9th Street SE, Washington, D.C. Volunteers and exhibitors are welcome. Please contact Rev. Michael Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Robert Cochran at email@example.com or 202-265-1526.
On July 7, 1878, Francis was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He would spend over fifty years in the pulpit, most of it at Washington's 15th Street Presbyterian Church. He was noted as one of the most articulate opponents of racism: "Race prejudice can't be talked down, it must be lived down."
When Henry Grimké died in 1852, his will freed Francis and placed him under the guardianship of his white half-brother, Montague. Eight years later, when Montague threatened to enslave Francis, who was now ten years old, he fled and served as valet to a Confederate officer. When Grimké visited Charleston some months later, Montague seized and imprisoned him. Francis became ill and would have died had his mother not been allowed to nurse him. Before he was completely well again, his brother Montague sold him to another officer. But at the end of the war, Francis was emancipated with other African-Americans.