“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Bethel A.M.E. Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Bethel A.M.E. Church Marker
Inscription. On May 10, 1846, a group of African-American residents of Wilmington who had affiliated themselves with the African Methodist Episcopal Church held a meeting for the purposes of electing trustees and organizing as a corporate body. At the time, approximately 15 families were meeting from house to house, worshipping under the direction of ministers from Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia. The following September, the congregation purchased land at 12th and Elizabeth Streets on which a church was to be erected. The new Structure was dedicated in April 1847.
In 1853 the congregation relocated to a site at 6th and Penn Streets. They continued to worship there until 1865, when their need for a larger building led them to purchase the present site, where the Zion Evangelical German Lutheran Church then stood. The old building was used until 1878, when it was demolished and a new structure was built here.
Erected 1998 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-102.)
Location. 39° 44.463′ N, 75° 32.84′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Walnut Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is between 5th and 7th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Bethel A.M.E. Church image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Bethel A.M.E. Church
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown v. Board of Education (about 700 feet away); Louis L. Redding City County Building (about 800 feet away); Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willingtown Square (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,931 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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