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Bethel A.M.E. Church

 
 
Bethel A.M.E. Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. Bethel A.M.E. Church Marker
Inscription.  Berks County's oldest Black church building. Erected 1837 by free African Americans; became an Underground Railroad station for escaped slaves seeking freedom. Rebuilt 1867; remodeled 1889. Congregation, dating from 1822, moved to Windsor Street in 1974.
 
Erected 1996 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 40° 20.235′ N, 75° 55.081′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is at the intersection of N. 10th Street and Hinnershitz Street, on the left when traveling south on N. 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 N 10th Street, Reading PA 19601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roll of Honor (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Volunteer Firemen
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Penn's Common (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ringgold Light Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); William McKinley (approx. 0.3 miles away); Firemen's Union World War II Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas W. Dugan Memorial Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); Admiral Winfield Scott Schley U.S.N. Memorial Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reading.
 
Also see . . .  Bethel AME Church. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Bethel A.M.E. Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. Bethel A.M.E. Church and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,045 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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