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The oldest property continuously owned by African-Americans
Founded in 1797, the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is built on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans. The church’s original structure was a wood frame blacksmith shop purchased by Rev. Richard Allen and moved to its present location.
The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church honors Rev. Richard Allen, its founding pastor and first bishop. The church’s basement crypt serves as as museum, and houses Allen’s tomb and other artifacts including original pews and the original pulpit constructed and used by Rev. Allen. The church also features a stained glass windows collection with both religious and Masonic images.
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
419 S. 6th St, Philadelphia
Open Hours: Tu-Sa 10 am-3 pm and following Sunday morning services