Atlanta Metro / Atlanta

Big Bethel A.M.E. Church

220 Auburn Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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One of the iconic churches in the Sweet Auburn Historic District, Big Bethel A.M.E. Church stands out on the Atlanta skyline with its Jesus Saves sign on the church steeple. The church was founded in 1840 for enslaved members of the white Union Church, and it served many functions during the Civil War, including a hospital. During Reconstruction, Bethel A.M.E. housed Atlanta's first public school for African Americans and Morris Brown College in the basement. Big Bethel A.M.E. Church ministry has focused on civil rights since the movement days, from broadcasting sermons on Atlanta's WERD radio stations to building low-income housing units, and providing services to poor and imprisoned people.

Visitors are invited to attend church services on Sunday mornings.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:30AM - 12:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Public Restrooms

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Group Amenities


    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages