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.
Beulah African Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage are featured in the Civil Rights Walking Tour in Farmville, VA.
Beulah is Site No. 17. Beulah AME Church is included in this tour for their work during 1951 and 1964.
Beulah's Parsonage was built in 1896 by Peyton Hilton and restored in 2011. In 1963, Beulah's parsonage served as a gathering spot for protesters.
For more information on the tour, visit, www.farmvilleherald.com/2016/09/walking-tour-celebrates-history/
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.
Beulah AME Church
The Rt. Rev. James L. Davis &
Mrs. Arelis B. Davis as
Presiding Bishop & Episcopal Supervisor
Bishop James Levert Davis is the 123rd elected and consecrated Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was elected to the office of bishop at the 47th General Conference of the AME Church in 2004. He served as the Presiding Prelate of the 19th Episcopal district of the church comprising KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Free State in the Republic of South Africa. At the 48th General Conference of the AME Church in 2008 he was appointed the Presiding Prelate of the 9th Episcopal District, which comprises the State of Alabama. Prior to his election, Davis served for twelve years as the pastor of historic Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bishop Davis served as the President of the Council of Bishops from 2010 to 2011. He is currently Chair of the Department of Global Witness and Ministry, which comprised the Missions Department of the AME Church, and is Co-Chair of the Committee on Compilation of the Book of Discipline of the AME Church. Bishop James L. Davis currently serves as the servant prelate of the 2nd Episcopal District which encompasses Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences.
by Margot Shetterly
Dorothy Vaughan, a member of Beulah during the early 1940's is featured in Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly. The book is available in bookstores now.
On December 25, 2016 in select theaters and on January 6, 2017 in theaters everywhere, Dorothy Vaughan will be portrayed by Octavia Spencer in the film, Hidden Figures, by 20th Century Fox. Here is a preview of the movie and interview by Octavia Spencer.
100 Friends of Beulah
Become a Friend of Beulah today by contributing $25 a month or a one-time donation of $250 or more. You can make the contribution in the donation box or you can send a check or money order to:
Beulah AME Church, C/O 100 Friends of Beulah,
P. O. Box 493, Farmville, VA 23901.
Please make Checks/ Money orders payable to: Beulah AME Church.
Thanks in advance for becoming a Friend of Beulah and keeping the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Goodwin Douglas, and so many more alive!
Beulah Featured in the
Civil Rights Walking Tour
Oct. 4, 2016
Former Beulah Member, Dorothy Vaughan featured in Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly
Become a Friend of Beulah Today and
Perserve the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Goodwin Douglas, and more!
2nd District AME Church
Welcomes Bishop James Davis
Beulah Purchases Brick for
Richard Allen Statue
Bishop Richard Allen Stamp
Available Online Now
Photo Courtesy: USPS