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Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church

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Address: Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number:
+1 215-925-0616
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 08:00 - 11:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00

The site of this church, the mother church of the African Methodist...

The site of this church, the mother church of the African Methodist Episcopal order, is the oldest tract of land continuously owned by blacks in the U.S. Theres a small museum to A.M.E. founder Richard Allen below the church.

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Glory to God

This historic church and museum are unique. It reflects the strength and perseverance of African Americans. The interior of the church shows the influence of many of its Masonic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This historic church and museum are unique. It reflects the strength and perseverance of African Americans. The interior of the church shows the influence of many of its Masonic members. A statue of its founder Richard Allen was recently dedicated. Building bricks were donated by worldwide A.M..E.churches.

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

I am so thankful to my ancestors for their courageous walk and for their Faith in God. This experience seeing first hand Mother Bethel has inspired me to do more than what I've been doing and to be more for my children' children. I am so thankful to God that he has sustained our history that needs to be told... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Me and my family worshiped at Mother Bethel. The service was phenomenal. The members were very warm and to know the history of Mother Bethel gave me a sense of pride.

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Hartsdale, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

We received a tour from an outstanding guide, Mr. Allen. He was from New York. My tour partner and he shared a similar NY background. My partner is writing a novel and Mr. Allen gave a phenomenal tour of Mother Bethel and its history. It was worth every moment. They asked for nothing. However, we left a donation. What a... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Simply stunning church! Captivating from the street. Gorgeous architecture including stained glass windows and bell tower.

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Cape Girardeau, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

As a lifelong AME, I couldn't visit Philadelphia and not take a tour of Mother Bethel. Although the website indicates how to schedule a tour of the museum, you don't have to do so. Try to arrive before 2 p.m. (the museum closes at 3), but you can drop in anytime and a docent will escort you through the church... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2014

The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) Church is not highly publicised as a place to go while in Philadelphia but all I can say is that it is a MUST! We had managed to find a few articles on-line and a small mention in a DK Witness guide book and we were instantly interested in going to see... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

So much history in such a small place! The history of our nation runs thru Mother Bethel! Just walk in and get a free tour. If you visit on Saturday, ask for Crawford Wilson. This church is not JUST Black history, It is Philadelphia history and more importantly, it is American History!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012 via mobile

I learned about Richard Allen over 20 years ago while in school. I went on the Philadelphia African American Tour, and this stop was included. It was amazing. Charlene, the tour guide, was very thorough with providing the history. To my surprise, Richard and Sarah Allen's remains are at Mother Bethel. It was also great to see original furniture from... More 

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