Richmond in Wayne County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bishop William Paul Quinn
Bethel AME Church
As a traveling missionary and preacher, Quinn helped establish the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in free and slave states before the Civil War. He influenced the faith, community, and education of thousands of black Americans by organizing schools and churches, including Bethel here in 1836. In 1844, the AME General Conference elected him its Fourth Bishop.
Quinn denounced slavery in sermons and publications and aided the work of the Underground Railroad, often at great personal risk. A prosperous landowner, he and his wife, Mary Jane, lived near here. At his death in 1873, the city and nation mourned his loss and praised his courage and tenacity. Richmond Lodge 28 is named in his honor. He is buried in Earlham Cemetery.
Erected 2018 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Quinn Masonic Lodge #28, and the City of Richmond. (Marker Number 89.2018.2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list.
Location. 39° 49.552′ N, 84° 53.672′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Indiana, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of South 6th street and South B Street, on the right when traveling south on South 6th street. marker is in front of Bethel AME Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 South 6th St, Richmond IN 47374, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1968 Downtown Richmond Explosion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Freedom Fountain (approx. ¼ mile away); Wayne Township World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Korean War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); C. Francis Jenkins (approx. ¼ mile away); Camp Wayne (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richmond Police Department Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
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