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|Delaware (Kent County), Dover — K-43 — Bishop Richard Allen|
|Richard Allen founded and became the first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816. Born into slavery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 14, 1760, Allen and his family were sold to a family near Dover in 1772. While there, he purchased his freedom, became a minister and joined the Continental Army as a non-combatant during the Revolutionary War. After returning to Philadelphia, he and Sussex Countian, Absalom Jones, founded the Free African Society in 1787. He helped . . . — Map (db m39093) HM|
|Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Mother Bethel — 1791|
|Mother Bethel is the first African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in America, founded in 1791. Richard Allen (1760-1831), a former slave, was the founder, and later became the first bishop (1816) of the first African-American denomination in the United States. This site is the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African Americans.
Mother Bethel is an outgrowth of the Free African Society established by Allen and Absalom Jones in April, 1787. Soon thereafter, Allen and Jones . . . — Map (db m6840) HM|
|Virginia (Prince Edward County), Farmville — 27 — Beulah AME Church — Farmville, Virginia — Prince Edward County|
|Beulah African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was founded in 1868. Originally, it was known as The Colored Methodist Church of Farmville. The original wooden-framed building was destroyed, by fire in 1898. The cornerstone on the present building was laid in 1901.
A protest against segregated seating and restricted participation in worship at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Philadelphia was the spark that ultimately gave rise to the AME Church. Richard Allen, a Philadelphia-born slave, . . . — Map (db m31318) HM|
|Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Free African Society|
|Established in 1787 under the leadership of Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, this organization fostered identity, leadership, and unity among Blacks and became the forerunner of the first Afican-American churches in this city. — Map (db m8920) HM|