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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, by William L. Breton, 1829.
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An etching of the AME Church, which is surrounded by a fence containing two open gates. People are walking on the sidewalk in front of the building.

Credit: The Library Company of Philadelphia

On September 15, 1830, Bishop Richard Allen welcomed forty African American delegates from nine states attending the first National Negro Convention of Free Men at his Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. For the next ten days, the delegates deliberated whether American blacks should emigrate en masse to Canada. This convention initiated as succession of meetings that continued up until the Civil War.

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