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Bethel Church

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. Bethel Church Marker
Inscription.  
In the 1780s, African American Methodists in Philadelphia and Baltimore walked out of white-controlled Methodist churches to protest discriminatory treatment. In 1816, these independent black Methodists from Philadelphia, Baltimore and elsewhere formally organized themselves as the "African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church."

In Cambridge, A.M.E. ministers encountered resistance when they tried to establish a 'Bethel Society' in 1830. But by 1874, Pine Street shoemaker, Simon Brown and other local trustees of the Cambridge "African Methodist Bethel Church" obtained a deed for this property at 623 Pine Street.

The original church apparently was a house that resident Stephen Camper moved here (for the Bethel Society). In 1877, that building burned and within two years a new church was constructed. Today the building looks as it did in 1903 when the new entrance facade with asymmetrical towers was added. In the 1960s, this church was an important meeting place for activists involved in the civil rights struggle.
 
Erected by Cambridge, Maryland; Department of Housing and
Bethel Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. Bethel Church Marker
Community Developoment.
 
Location. 38° 33.937′ N, 76° 4.836′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Street and Bethel Street, on the left when traveling north on Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 623 Pine Street, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Empowering the People (within shouting distance of this marker); Up Pine Stret: Muir to Cedar Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jazz on Pine Street (about 300 feet away); Thomas Holliday Hicks (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Thomas Holliday Hicks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to the Richardson Maritime Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zion United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); John Barth (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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