Bethel A.M.E. Church (Reading, Pennsylvania)
Bethel A.M.E. Church
Bethel A.M.E. Church, April 2011
|Location||119 N. 10th St, Reading, Pennsylvania|
|Area||9 acres (3.6 ha)|
|Built||1837, c. 1867-1869, 1889|
|NRHP Reference #||79002167|
|Added to NRHP||September 7, 1979|
|Designated PHMC||May 11, 1996|
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. The church is now home to a museum dedicated to the history of African Americans in Central Pennsylvania.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- "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.
- National Park Service: Aboard the Underground Railroad, Bethel A.M.E. Church
- Central Pennsylvania African American Museum website
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