Landmark: Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
On the Lombard-South tour.
Mother Bethel Gargoyles
* High on the walls. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Northeast corner 6th and Lombard.
* 39.943375,-75.151850 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, Gargoyles
* See also:
+philadelphiabuilding.org's entry for the building
Mother Bethel Plaque
* Bas-relief bust of Richard Allen
* small head
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Founded on this site 1787 by Richard Allen (a former slave)
This ground purchased by Richard Allen for a church is the oldest parcel of real estate owned continuously by negroes in the United States. This congregation is the world's oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church congreation. The first church (1787) was an abandoned blacksmith shop, hauled to this place by the teams of Richard Allen who was elected a Bishop in 1810.
"We all went out of the church (Old St. George's Methodist Church) in a body" and "they were no more plagued with us in their church."
May our God continue to bless Mother Bethel and all her children now scattered throughout the world bringing faith and hope to millions of weary souls.
Ring the bells of freedom throughout the world
"Rise, shine, give God the glory for the year of jubilee."
October 1901 [could be 1961]
* Near the entrance. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. East side of 6th, North of Lombard.
* 39.943375,-75.151935 [map]
* Exhibits: Religious, African American
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's Richard Allen page