First Baptist Church of Deanwood

This historic church was an important site for the early Deanwood community.

One of DC's oldest African American suburbs, Deanwood was established when white landowner Levi Sheriff divided farmland among his three daughters, Margaret Lowrie, Emmeline Sheriff and Mary Cornelia Dean. These three subdivisions—Whittingham, Lincoln Heights, and Burrville—came to be known as Deanwood.

The First Baptist Church of Deanwood was built in 1901 on Whittingham Place. Churches held numerous activities for their congregations, including Sunday School, Sunday morning worship, Vacation Bible School, Baptist Young People’s Union, and annual trips to the beach. Some churches held weekly recreation activities. The children of Deanwood tended to spend time at all churches, regardless of their home denomination.

DC Inventory: February 28, 2008
National Register: July 24, 2008



1008 45th Street NE