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Karr Tyson
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ON April 11, 1816 Richard Allen was named the first Bishop of the AME Church. Several African Methodist Churches met around the country and that year they formed the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. He opened his first church in 1794 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was elected the first bishop of the AME Church. The AME church is the oldest denomination among independent African-American churches.

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Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in the nation, was founded in Philadelphia in 1794 by Richard Allen, a former slave. Allen founded Mother Bethel AME after the church he had been attending, St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in Philadelphia, began segregating its parishioners by race.

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African Methodist Episcopal Church

A historical marker celebrating a religious-bookpublishing concern of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia,PA. The African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a predominantly African-American Methodist denomination based in the United States. It was founded by the Rev. Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816 from several black Methodist congregations in the mid-Atlantic area that wanted independence from white Methodists. Allen was consecrated its first bishop in 1816.

Daniel Alexander Payne (b.1811 – d.1893) was an American bishop, educator, college administrator and author. He became the sixth bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) (1852–1893) and was a major shaper of it in the 19th century. He was one of the founders of Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1856. In 1863 the AME Church bought the college; chosen to lead it, he became the first African-American president of a college in the United States and served in that position until 1877.

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Bethel AME, or "Mother Bethel," the first African Methodist Episcopal Church (the organization officially founded in 1816) in Philadelphia. One of the oldest existing institutions founded by African Americans and the first new denomination among those that comprise the historic Black Church in America.

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