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Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church

Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church

Founded by the Reverend Richard Allen in 1787, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church is the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. The current church building was constructed in 1889 and stands on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans. A museum on the lower level traces the history of the A.M.E. congregation and features the tomb of Richard Allen and other artifacts.

Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia®

Tags: African-American, Churches & Sacred Sites, Historic District, History, Multicultural, Museums & Attractions

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