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Indiana Landmarks grant supports restoration of historic church
Crawfordsville’s Bethel AME Church is celebrating a happy start to the holiday season, thanks to a $2,500 grant from Indiana Landmarks’ African American Heritage Fund. The grant will help the congregation complete exterior restoration of its historic church.
Constructed in the late 1840s, then enlarged and reconfigured in the 1890s, the church served for a period as a school for African American children and as an important station on the Underground Railroad. It remains the oldest and most prominent structure associated with black settlement in Crawfordsville – a city that that embraced the anti-slavery movement early in its history.
Indiana Landmarks’ grant will fund roof, foundation and siding repairs and exterior repainting.
To learn more about Indiana Landmarks’ African American Heritage Fund, contact our Western Regional Office, 812-232-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.