Bethel AME Church, the oldest surviving religious building in Batesville, replaced a wooden church of 1880 that burned. The church is built of locally quarried ashlar sandstone, and four of the African American quarry workers were members of the church. The rectangular sanctuary is entered through a small narthex at the base of the square tower, which stands at the center of the facade. A small rectangular wooden cupola completes the tower, and the church’s windows are round and segmental arched. The simple interior features a large gilded and carved arch mounted on the wall behind the pulpit. The church was later expanded with an ell to provide additional seating for the growing membership and more recently a fellowship hall was built to the rear of the church.
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Bethel AME Church
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