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Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bridgeton, Cumberland County
There are a half-dozen early AME churches in Cumberland County, several
of them formed very soon after the African Methodist Episcopal denomination
was organized in Philadelphia in 1816. The Bridgeton congregation did
not organize until 1854, established by Reverend Caleb Woodyard. Like
many of the other AME congregations, they had limited financial resources
and built undistinguished churches of no architectural merit. This church was
built in 1898, although the entry vestibule is a later addition.