Bethel AME ChurchEdit profile
The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Iowa City was built in 1868 to serve a predominantly African American congregation. Originally called Zion AME, Bethel is one of Iowa City's oldest frame houses and the oldest surviving structure associated with African Americans in Iowa City. The original church is 600 square feet (56 m2) and has room for 50 people. A new 4,000-square-foot (370 m2) sanctuary is being built which will hold three times the current congregation size.