Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is an African Methodist Episcopal church located at 917 22nd Street in Bessemer. It was founded in 1893 and is named for Richard Allen, a former slave who founded the AME Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1794.

On April 28, 1957 the Allen Temple AME Church was bombed during a service, showering the choir with plaster debris.

On the morning of July 31, 2012 the church's roof was heavily damaged by storm winds.



  • Fallin, Wilson (1997) The African American Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1815-1963: A Shelter in the Storm. Taylor & Francis ISBN 9780815328834

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