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The site of this church, the mother church of the African Methodist Episcopal order, is the oldest tract of land continuously owned by blacks in the U.S. Theres a small museum to A.M.E. founder Richard Allen below the church.
It was important for me to take in some black history on our trip to Philadelphia. I thought the Liberty Bell exhibit did a good job of weaving the stories of slaves and civil rights leaders in the quest for liberty. But if you want...More
This historic church and museum are unique. It reflects the strength and perseverance of African Americans. The interior of the church shows the influence of many of its Masonic members. A statue of its founder Richard Allen was recently dedicated. Building bricks were donated by...More
I am so thankful to my ancestors for their courageous walk and for their Faith in God. This experience seeing first hand Mother Bethel has inspired me to do more than what I've been doing and to be more for my children' children. I am...More
We received a tour from an outstanding guide, Mr. Allen. He was from New York. My tour partner and he shared a similar NY background. My partner is writing a novel and Mr. Allen gave a phenomenal tour of Mother Bethel and its history. It...More
As a lifelong AME, I couldn't visit Philadelphia and not take a tour of Mother Bethel. Although the website indicates how to schedule a tour of the museum, you don't have to do so. Try to arrive before 2 p.m. (the museum closes at 3),...More
The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) Church is not highly publicised as a place to go while in Philadelphia but all I can say is that it is a MUST! We had managed to find a few articles on-line and a small mention...More