After Mother Bethel where did the seeds of African Methodism Propagate? Why? How large was the congregation? Was the edifice in which they worshiped one that was built specifically for their use or was it owned by another? Does the church still exist? How has the socio-economic structure changed? These are some questions which will be answered for two specific churches.
Before linking to the specific sites it is important to know the history of how African Methodism came to be and why some of the AME churches are in different parts of the city today.
The early migration of blacks came from Virginia and later South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina after the Civil War while sustaining the membership of Bethel AME Church. Mother Bethel sought to help the disenfranchised by enticing them to a religion that helped people who had similar cultural experiences and family ties. As a consequence of so many black migrants after the Civil War the pattern of residence changed causing blacks to move west of Philadelphia.
During the 1950s there was a third and final wave of immigration of blacks. The pattern of residence changed due to a different socio-economic situation of black migrants (they were educated and had skilled professions) able to choose the section of the city which they wanted to reside, thus the existence of AME churches in various parts of the city.
Please read the History
before linking to
Also provided is additional incite of other AME churches in
Beck s. Carolyn. Our own Vine and Fig Tree: The Authority of History and Kinship in Mother Bethel. Review of Religious Research. Volume: 29.3. 1988.