Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

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The Bethel A.M.E. Church is one of the most significant landmarks of African-American history and development in Dorchester County, Maryland. Bethel A.M.E. membership began around 1847, congregating in several structures along Pine Street with this Gothic Revival structure dating to 1903. It is the oldest African-American church structure in the city of Cambridge, and its active congregation remains a vital part of the community. The property is located within the National Register Pine Street Neighborhood Historic District (D-390) and the Church is listed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP D-591).

In 2019, the Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC) engaged Encore to perform a building assessment of the Bethel AME Church property. The purpose of the assessment was to identify current deficiencies, recommend appropriate repairs, propose possible capital improvements, and provide conceptual cost estimates for the repairs and improvements. The Church is using the recommendations to guide budgeting for repairs and improvements so religious and community support services can continue and improve.