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Cedar Rapids Historic Markers

The Cedar Rapids Historic Markers project is a collaborative community history project that seeks to highlight notable historic sites throughout the city.
1910 photo of women near original church building

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Cedar Rapids is the city’s oldest black congregation. The AME Church was founded in the eastern US after the American Revolution and quickly grew into a major national denomination. The Cedar Rapids congregation was organized in the early 1870s and construction of its first church at this location began in 1874. The current brick structure was built in 1931-1932, when the church was officially renamed Bethel AME. As with black churches across the nation, Bethel AME served as an important social and political as well as religious gathering place for Cedar Rapids’ black community.

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