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Land Indenture for Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), PA, 1810

Maker: John Douglass and Gift of William and Mattye Reed

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

One of the earliest objects in the NMAAHC collection, this land deed documents the sale of property from a private owner to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME, also known as Mother Bethel) in Philadelphia, PA. The land was purchased for use as a burial ground for the church members. It was used from 1808 until 1889.

In 1787 Richard Allen, minister, educator, writer and abolitionist and the Rev. Absalom Jones founded the Free African Society, the first independent black denomination in America. In 1794, Allen founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which continues to thrive as a global denomination.

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  • Title: Land Indenture for Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), PA, 1810
  • Creator: Maker: John Douglass, Gift of William and Mattye Reed
  • Physical Dimensions: H x W: 19 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (49/5 x 80 cm)
  • Subject Keywords: Land Indenture for Bethel Church 1810, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Rights: Public domain
  • External Link: View other NMAAHC collection objects related to Bethel AME Church
  • Medium: ink and wax on paper (fiber product)

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