Black History Tour

Bethel AME Church – Uptown

Your Experience:

You will hear stories of the first Pastor’s contributions to the fight against slavery, including the Underground Railroad and the growth of the AME church, west of the Alleghenies.  You will time to explore the various parts of the church.                                                              

Building Description:

Organized in 1818 by three Freedmen, this church is noted as the first AME African American Church in Pittsburgh, and reportedly held the first schoolhouse in Pittsburgh as well. After the Great fire of 1845, the church moved from Downtown to the Hill District in 1906, where it sponsored the first Arnett Literary Society – an African American reading club. The current structure was built in 1959.