Bethel Tabernacle AME

Coined “The First Negro Church” of the historic Weeksville free black community, Bethel Tabernacle AME Church exists in the same space as its original 1847 structure. Though Bethel Tabernacle AME planned to take the space of the unoccupied PS 83 building across the street, a building that originally housed Colored School No 2, the church has remained at the corner of Schenectady Avenue and Dean Street.

A black man and a believer, the volunteer for this site of memory stood holding the photo frame in memoriam of the founder of Bethel Tabernacle AME Church, Reverend James Allen.