African Americans escaping slavery found refuge in Alexandria after Union troops occupied the city in 1861. The Rev. Clement “Clem” Robinson established the First Select Colored School in 1862. Hundreds of students registered for day and evening classes and for courses at the associated Beulah Normal and Theological Institute. In October 1863, Robinson organized Beulah Baptist Church, the first African American church founded in Alexandria after Union occupation. The congregation constructed its brick sanctuary here on the edge of the African American neighborhood known as "The Bottoms." The school then moved to this site, and education remained central to Beulah’s mission. The Beulah Baptist Church continues to be a vital African American congregation where all are welcome to this day.
Join us for worship services:
- Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.
- Morning Worship Services - 10:30 a.m.
- Holy Communion 1st Sunday
- Bible Study immediately following Morning Worship Services on 3rd or 4th Sunday
- Noon-day Prayer: every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Tours are available by appointment. Please call the church to schedule your tour and learn more about our history.