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Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bridgeton, Cumberland County

There are a half-dozen early AME churches in Cumberland County, several of them formed very soon after the African Methodist Episcopal denomination was organized in Philadelphia in 1816. The Bridgeton congregation did not organize until 1854, established by Reverend Caleb Woodyard. Like many of the other AME congregations, they had limited financial resources and built undistinguished churches of no architectural merit. This church was built in 1898, although the entry vestibule is a later addition.




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