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Exhibit Highlights AME Bicentennial Celebration

The AME Church was founded in Philadelphia by Richard Allen and incorporated in 1816. Located at 6th and Lombard streets, Mother Bethel AME Church is the cornerstone of the nation’s oldest African-American denomination.

“We are honored to host the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference in the city that has served as the birthplace of both our nation and our beloved church,” stated Bishop Gregory Ingram, presiding prelate, First Episcopal District, AME Church, in a press release. “As we continue to impact the world through ministry, advocacy, education, activism, public service and outreach, we are especially proud to honor our visionary founder Richard Allen with a mural at our First District Headquarters at 3801 Market Street as well as a statue at the historic Mother Bethel AME Church.”

In honor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s bicentennial celebration, running through July 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other locations throughout the city, the AME Church’s General Conference hosted a VIP Red Carpet reception on Tuesday evening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) to preview “The Extraordinary History of the African Methodist Episcopal Church,” which runs in tandem with the conference being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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