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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

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1892; later alterations. 635 E. Main St.
  • (Courtesy Bethel AME Church)

This large white-painted frame church on a brick base is dominated by two square towers of different heights that step forward on each side of the central gable front. The pointed-arched windows give the church a Gothic Revival styling. The AME Church was founded in 1816 in Philadelphia by Methodist minister Richard Allen, who was formerly enslaved.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee



  • 1892


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Anne Carter Lee, "Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church", [Wytheville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 454-455.

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