Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
A.M.E. Church traces its origins to founding of Free African Society in Philadelphia, 1787. Circa 1836, Augustus Turner, a barber, and other black settlers organized this Indianapolis congregation to worship freely and support their community. Trustees bought land 1840 on Georgia Street for first church.
Church held black state conventions, aided fugitive slaves, established a school, and recruited for U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Arson destroyed Georgia Street church in 1864. Land purchased here in 1865. Church completed in 1870; listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1991.
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historical Preservation and Archaeology, IDNR, and Bethel A.M.E. Church. (Marker Number 49.2009.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 46.396′ N, 86° 10.002′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of N. West Street and West Vermont Street, on the right when traveling north on N. West Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 423 N. West St., Indianapolis IN 46202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Regarding Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Church is located at 414 West Vermont Street
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights •
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