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Bishop Richard Allen Stamp
Available Now Online
The stamp, available in a pane of 20, coincides with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the AME Church.
Richard Allen was born a slave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 14, 1760, and was one of the first African Americans to be emancipated during the Revolutionary era. In 1789, he was ordained the first African American deacon of the Methodist church. Racial inequality forced Richard Allen and other Black Methodists to leave St. George’s Methodist Church (the first and oldest Methodist Church in the United States) to organize the Free African Society whose main goal was to provide aid to newly freed Blacks so they could gather strength and develop leaders in the community. In July of 1794, Allen formed Bethel Methodist Church.
In 1816, Rev. Richard Allen and the members of the newly formed Bethel Church won legal recognition as an independent church. In the same year Allen and representatives from four other black Methodist congregations (in Baltimore; Wilmington, Delaware; Salem, New Jersey; and Attleboro, Pennsylvania) met at the Bethel Church to organize a new denomination– the African Methodist Episcopal Church—where he was consecrated as the first Bishop.
During his mid-life, Bishop Richard Allen is known for being one of the first African American humanitarians to respond to the Yellow Fever Epidemic by helping the sick in 1793, founding a day school for African American children in 1795, and founding the “Society of Free People of Colour for Promoting the Instruction and School Education of Children of African Descent” in 1804.
Over 40,000 people of good will petitioned the United States Postal Service to create a stamp honoring Bishop Richard Allen, a true American whose life and legacy has impacted millions throughout the world. As one of American’s strongest early advocates for racial equality, Bishop Richard Allen’s extraordinary life shows a man deeply devoted to his religion, his community, and his desire to expand the rights of African Americans. Please join in the celebration of the life and works of Richard Allen, as symbolized by a “forever” stamp of the United States Postal Service.
Help Beulah Paint the Roof
Beulah is in the process of preparing to paint the roof of Beulah. We hope to finishing painting by August 2016. We request your prayers and your donation. Beulah's giving categories for this project are: Major Gifts- $1,000 or more, Supporting Gifts- $250 or more, Featured Gifts- $100 or more, and Extra Gifts- $50 or more.
Beulah Purchases brick
Beulah purchased a brick to remember the life and historical legacy of the AME Church Founder, Bishop Richard Allen. At the 50th Session of the General Conference, the Bishop Richard Allen Memorial Statue was unveiled. Beulah AME Church in Farmville, VA is forever linked to the history of the founder of the AME Church. (Picture forthcoming.)
The 2nd District AME Church
The Rt. Rev. James L. Davis &
Mrs. Davis as
Presiding Bishop & Episcopal Supervisor
USPS Releases the Bishop Richard Allen Stamp
Beulah Purchases Brick for
Richard Allen Statue
2nd District AME Church
Welcomes New Bishop
Photo Courtesy: USPS