Methodism in the United States split into northern and southern factions over slavery in 1844, 17 years before the start of the Civil War, and remained separate for almost a century, until 1939. During that time Southern Methodists planned to build a big flagship church in Washington, D.C., but didn’t get it built until 1917 with the completion of Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal, now celebrating its 100th anniversary in an unusual way: erecting banners repenting of white supremacy and “building a foundation for truth and reconciliation.” Current members affixed their signatures to the bottom of the banner. (Katherine Frey/Washington Post)

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