Bethel A.M.E. Church (Reading, Pennsylvania)

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Bethel A.M.E. Church
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Bethel A.M.E. Church, April 2011
Bethel A.M.E. Church (Reading, Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Bethel A.M.E. Church (Reading, Pennsylvania)
Location 119 N. 10th St, Reading, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°20′15″N 75°55′5″W / 40.33750°N 75.91806°W / 40.33750; -75.91806Coordinates: 40°20′15″N 75°55′5″W / 40.33750°N 75.91806°W / 40.33750; -75.91806
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built 1837, c. 1867-1869, 1889
Architect Mulray, Samuel
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79002167[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 7, 1979
Designated PHMC May 11, 1996[2]

Bethel A.M.E. Church, now known as the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum, is a historic African Methodist Episcopal church at 119 North 10th Street in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It was originally built in 1837, and is a 2 1/2-story brick and stucco building with a gable roof. It was rebuilt about 1867-1869, and remodeled in 1889. It features a three-story, brick tower with a pyramidal roof and topped by a finial. The church is known to have housed fugitive slaves and the congregation was active in the Underground Railroad.[3] The church is now home to a museum dedicated to the history of African Americans in Central Pennsylvania.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Richard G. Johnson (undated). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-08. 

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