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Historic LR church celebrates 159th anniversary



Little Rock, Arkansas – A significant milestone was commemorated Sunday morning at a famous Little Rock church.

This year marks Bethel A.M.E. Church’s 159th birthday. During the Civil War, just a few decades after Arkansas became a state, the church was established.

The people who helped the church reach this milestone, according to pastor Truman Tolefree, are also being honored.

“We’re so very happy in this celebration of the individuals who have made it all possible,” Tolefree said. We know above all God is still on the throne, we’re still giving the same service every day that we did 158 years ago.”

Before moving to its current home on West 16th Street, the church had its beginnings at 9th and Broadway.

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