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Union Bethel AME Church

Union Bethel AME Church

Great Falls, Montana

916 5th Avenue South

The Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is one of the first built and longest used churches for African Americans in Montana. It is important because it represents a trend in black community growth in the western United States. The church played an integral role in the historical development of the black community in Great Falls, and has remained active since its founding. The Union Bethel Congregation, and ones like it in other areas, was the source of early community development for the new African American migrants to Montana, and the church was a place where black and white Great Falls residents could mix socially. The Union Bethel AME Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on September 11, 2003. As a result this publicity, several Montana businesses and organizations have come forward offering supplies and services to help restore and stabilize the building, and attendance and membership have increased.

Photo: Union Bethel AME Church
– Courtesy Montana Historic Preservation Office

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