Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church - Springtown, NJ
Posted by: NJBiblio
N 39° 24.873 W 075° 20.101
18S E 471160 N 4362834
Quick Description: Historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Springtown (Othello), NJ. Documented as an UGRR station used by Harriet Tubman.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 7:23:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM989P
This historic church is located in the historically African American town of Othello, NJ, now part of Springtown, NJ. The current church was built in the late 1830s to replace one accidentally destroyed by fire. This is a documented station on the Underground Railroad, being a site used heavily by Harriet Tubman from 1849 to 1853.
There was once a small home next door to the church, used by a church member who would also serve as a conductor for the Underground Railroad. As a result of both this church, and the fact that it was an Underground Railroad station led to a surge in the population of Othello and Springtown, making it one of the largest African communities in South Jersey.
The church is still active and service times are listed. The church's UGRR history is documented on the NPS UGRR site here.