Historic Mother Bethel AME Church To Hold A Prayer Vigil Protesting Neighbor's New Building Design

Mother Bethel sits on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African Americans, and is a National Historic Landmark. The church calls the new building design 'too modern for the neighborhood' and an 'eyesore outside it's front doorstep.'
Historic Church Protests New Building Proposed By Society Hill Neighbor
Historic Church Protests New Building Proposed By Society Hill Neighbor
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PHILADELPHIA - Sept. 23, 2013 - PRLog -- The pastor, members, and supporters of Mother Bethel AME Church, along with residents of the Society Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia, will be outside the church, located at 419 South 6th Street, on Tuesday September 24, 2013, at 7pm holding a prayer vigil protesting a proposed new 5-story, modern apartment building that is set to be built on an open lot outside the historic church's front door. Mother Bethel normally holds a weekly Bible Study on Tuesday nights at 7pm; however, that meeting is canceled so the church and community can voice their concern about the new building. The AME Church's founder, Bishop Richard Allen, purchased the land that Mother Bethel sits on in 1791, making it the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African Americans. It is a national historic landmark and the church's pastor, officers, and members oppose the new art-deco style building that is being proposed. "We are not opposed to development, but there are specific standards on the city books related to building in historic districts. This building does not remotely pass that test," says Rev. Mark Tyler, Mother Bethel's 52nd Pastor. "As the oldest landowner on the block, we were shocked to learn that the Philadelphia Historical Commission ignored the unanimous decision of its own Architectural Committee which said the building was inappropriate for the site."

Pastor Tyler along with members of Mother Bethel, and the pastors and members of area sister congregations are expected at Tuesday's prayer vigil protest at 7pm. For more information call (215) 925-0616. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler via email at Leslie@TylerMadePR.com or call (609) 247-2632.

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