Bethel A.M.E. Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church (HM734)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19801 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.463', W 75° 32.84'

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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.
HM NumberHM734
Marker NumberNC-102
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 1:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 453103 N 4399160
Decimal Degrees39.74105000, -75.54733333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.463', W 75° 32.84'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 27.78" N, 75° 32' 50.40" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 604 N Walnut St, Wilmington DE 19801, US
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