Bethel A.M.E. Church of Vicksburg

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Bethel A.M.E Church of Vicksburg is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi and the second oldest in the Southern United States. Founded one year after the Siege of Vicksburg, in 1864 in Vicksburg, Mississippi by Reverend Page Tyler, a missionary from Indiana, it is the "first"church of the Jackson-Vicksburg District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.[citation needed]

Many noteworthy African-American leaders of the State of Mississippi and the Reconstruction Era were members and founders of Bethel A.M.E. of Vicksburg, including Hiram Rhodes Revels, Isaiah Montgomery, and John R. Lynch.

In 1867, T.W. Stringer founded Mississippi's first Prince Hall Freemasonry lodge at Bethel A.M.E. Church of Vicksburg. In 1890 Campbell College, Mississippi's first college for African-Americans that was established by African-Americans was founded in the basement of Bethel A.M.E. of Vicksburg. Nearly 70 years later, Campbell College was later absorbed by Jackson State University.