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African Methodist Episcopal Church

The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the "AME Church," is a Christian denomination founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816. The church was organized by African-American members of St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church. The incident that led to this was the removal of Absalom Jones (1746-1818) from the church by the trustees while he was in the act of prayer. The congregation supported the act of the trustees, and Allen and Jones led the African-American members to form the Bethel Church for Negro Methodists in Philadelphia. In general, they adopted the doctrines and form of government of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

It is not the same as the U.A.M.E. Church founded in Delaware by Peter Spencer in 1813.

See also: Methodist