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° Present day Sharp Street Church / Sharp Street Church of the past

° Present day Sharp Street Church / Sharp Street Church of the past

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Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church began in 1787 and by 1802, the congregants had purchased their first building on Sharp Street between Lombard and Pratt. Rev. Daniel Coker began the African Academy, which in essence was a school for Black children.

In 1867, leaders from Sharp Street expanded their education mission and with other prominent church leaders around the city established the Centenary Biblical Institute, now Morgan State University.

In addition to spearheading efforts to advance education for African Americans in the nineteenth century, the church was the spiritual home of civil rights leader Lillie M. Carroll Jackson, president of the Baltimore NAACP from 1935 until 1970.

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