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A Forerunner of Freedom: Indianapolis Bethel AME History told through Story, Song and Dance
Manon Voice grew up in the Black church and knows it has always been the epicenter of social and political life for the Black community, and more intimately, a means for members to survive oppression through means of spirituality.
In her piece, Manón Voice researched the connections of Bethel AME with the Underground Railroad and the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War. Some historians believe the congregations’ support of the abolitionist movement caused the church to be burned in 1862. Still, Bethel AME remained a stalwart of hope in the African-American community in Indianapolis through its commitment to education and community outreach. The church also became a meeting place for local chapters of the ... view more »
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