Conceiving that a synoptical history of all the colored
churches in the city of Philadelphia, would be of some
interest to the reader, I have undertaken to insert in
this work when each church wTas founded, the number
of members at present, the size of each building, also
the value of each, and a short account of any matter
that may be of interest.
There are in the city 18 churches, to wit:—
1. A. M. E. BETHEL CHURCH.
This church is located in South Sixth Street, east side, between
Lombard and Pine. It was founded in 1816 as an African M. E.
Church by Richard Allen ; it is a large brick edifice substantially
built, plain, but neat; it is 62 feet wide, TO feet long, with a base¬
ment story divided into a lecture room, class rooms, and minister's
study with a library attached. The church and lot upon which it
stands, together with other property owned by the corporation, are
at the lowest possible estimate, valued at $60,000 ; the audience
room is very capacious, and for neatness is equalled but by few
churches in the city ; it is rated to seat about 2500 persons. The
church is composed of 1100 communicant members. It has a Sabbath
school containing 350 children, 2 superintendents, and 25 teachers
(11 males and 14 females). This church was the first African Me¬
thodist Episcopal Church organized in the United States ; its branches
at present extend nearly over the whole Union. The aggregate
membership is about 30,000. Rt. Rev. Richard Allen was the first
bishop • since there have been five more ordained, to wit, Rt. Revds.