Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Registered Site L0388

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

In 1839 a group of black Detroit citizens formed the Colored Methodist Society, which became the core of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The group held meetings in a hall which was donated by the Detroit Common Council. The Society moved several times, before a church was built on Lafayette in the 1840s. In 1841 the church assumed its present name and organization. From its inception, the church has served in a number of ways; it has provided a school for black children, an agency to assist southern migrants, and a bureau for labor and housing. Today the church remains a focal point for community social services.
photo of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Erected 1977

Location: 5050 St. Antoine
Detroit, Wayne County

Black History
Churches and Religious Buildings

Latitude: 42.360128, Longitude: -83.057079

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