Bethel A.M.E. Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church (HMIOO)

Location: Columbia, SC 29201 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.413', W 81° 2.046'

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This church, founded in 1866, was one of the first separate African-American congregations established in Columbia after the Civil War. It met in buildings on Wayne St., at Lincoln & Hampton Sts., and at Sumter & Hampton Sts. before acquiring this site. This sanctuary, a Romanesque Revival design, was built in 1921 and was designed by noted black architect John Anderson Lankford (1874-1946).
(Reverse text)
John Anderson Lankford, one of the first registered black architects in the U.S., was later supervising architect of the A.M.E. Church. Bethel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. In 1995 its congregation moved to the former Shandon Baptist Church on Woodrow St. In 2008 the Renaissance Foundation began restoring the historic church as a cultural arts center.
Marker Number40-150
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 496851 N 3762919
Decimal Degrees34.00688333, -81.03410000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.413', W 81° 2.046'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 24.78" N, 81° 2' 2.76" W
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Area Code(s)704, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1572-1598 Sumter St, Columbia SC 29201, US
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