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Bethel AME Church (Reno, Nevada)

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Bethel AME Church
Bethel AME Church (Reno, Nevada)
Bethel AME Church (Reno, Nevada)
Location220 Bell St., Reno, Nevada
Coordinates39°31′34″N 119°49′13″W / 39.52611°N 119.82028°W / 39.52611; -119.82028Coordinates: 39°31′34″N 119°49′13″W / 39.52611°N 119.82028°W / 39.52611; -119.82028
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Architectural styleOther, Late Gothic Revival, Folk
NRHP reference #01000587[1]
Added to NRHPJune 12, 2001

Bethel AME Church is a historic African Methodist Episcopal church at 220 Bell Street in Reno, Nevada. It has served as a hub for Reno's African American community since it was built in 1910 for early black settlers.[2] In addition to its role as a religious and community center, it functioned as a resource center for black divorce seekers who faced difficulties in a segregated city during the middle decades of the twentieth century.[3] In the 1960s, during the American civil rights movement, the church provided a meeting place for the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other civil rights activists.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Bethel AME Church | Reno Historical". Reno Historical. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  3. ^ "A Segregated World". Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  4. ^ "AssetDetail". Retrieved 2015-10-16.

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