Roots of Resistance: Remembering the Role of the AME Church in the UGRR

Sunday October 26, 2014

The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419 S 6th St

11:00 am – Worship Service – Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler, Senior Pastor

Roots of Resistance: Remembering the Role of the AME Church in the UGRR.

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Second Building           Today            Stained Glass            Richard Allen

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Sarah Allen           Rev Mark Tyler              Interior

Roots of Resistance: Remembering the Role of the AME Church in the UGRR. Join us in our 11am Worship Service on Oct. 26  for a dramatic presentation as we remember the legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the UGRR. AME clergy and lay served as “conductors”, opened their homes, and risked the destruction of church buildings as they assisted in the liberation of enslaved brothers and sisters. For more information, visit motherbethel.org or call the church at 215-925-0616. The public is welcome and parking provided. Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, 19147. Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D., Senior Pastor.

The land for Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was purchased in 1791 by Richard Allen, an African-American Methodist minister. In 1794, Allen and the members dedicated the first church edifice in a converted Blacksmith Shop. The church, now in its 4th building, has been located at the corner of Sixth and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia since that time, making it the oldest property continuously owned by African Americans. Richard Allen preached abolition. One weapon he used in fighting slavery was pamphlets. In a pamphlet addressed to slave-owners, Allen claimed bondage was anti-American and anti-Bible. In another pamphlet addressed to blacks he exhorted all freed black men to help their enslaved brethren by being exemplary citizens and offering direct assistance. As early as 1795, Allen helped 30 recently freed enslaved Jamaicans who had newly arrived in Philadelphia. It fell upon Allen to take care of them by finding housing and providing food. Allen’s second wife, Sarah, was credited in her obituary in 1849 as helping men and women escape to freedom. Bishop Allen’s staunch anti-slavery stance has influenced generations of AME members who to this day hold a strong conviction around issues of social justice.

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