Posted on: May 2nd, 2013


Historic Church Competes to Receive Funding To Restore Stained Glass Windows and Seeks Community Support

Stained Glass WindowWHAT:   Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, the oldest black-owned property in the District of Columbia, is competing with 23 other historic sites in the Washington, DC area to win a grant.  The grant will be used to restore the historic windows in the church.    The community, neighbors and friends are invited to attend our Partners In Preservation Open House Weekend.   Members of the community are invited to learn more about our history and VOTE FOR US on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Four Square and Instagram.  Visit  to learn more and VOTE FOR Metropolitan A.M.E. Church.  The campaign runs from April 24 – May 10, 2013.

Metropolitan’s May 4 and 5 Open House, called “American Struggles Stained in Glass,” will focus on the unique history of the windows. Metropolitan is a connectional church, which means it is part of a system of AME churches that come together to promote Christ, their spirituality, their religion and to advance the welfare of African American people.   These memorial stained glass windows provide an historical timeline of the church and contain the names of several AME annual conferences and are dedicated. Windows still in need of repair include those that are dedicated to each department of the church.

Metropolitan A.M.E. was chosen to compete in the Partners in Preservation program by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This community-based initiative will award $1 million in preservation grants to historic places across Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

As one of 24 historic places selected, Metropolitan is now competing to win grant funding for our preservation project.  Full details on voting terms and how to earn points for sites can be found at  To vote for Metropolitan AME, supporters can login and vote once everyday for #MetroAMEC.  Extra points can be earned for sharing the site with others.  The voting period ends May 10, 2013.


WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, from 10 am to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  1518 M Street, N.W.

TIME:  10 AM – 3 PM EST

PHOTO OP: Photo Opportunity of Special Performances on Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 3 pm

INTERVIEW OP: Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor,  Gwendolyn Kimbrough, Trustee, Thelma D. Jacobs, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Historian


Gwendolyn Kimbrough, Trustee

Terry Johnson, Trustee

D.B. Gilliam, Public Relations Commission

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. Since 2006, American Express has made grants worth $9 million through Partners in Preservation, helping historic places in seven cities to date, including San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and New York, and has engaged more than a million people. The program will award an additional $1 million in grants to historic places in Washington, D.C. in May 2013.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.