Kissimmee's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

    By Florida Division of Historic Resources Staff

    The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1916.

    Florida has a rich and diverse history.  African American landmarks and legacies exist in various locations throughout the state. The following historical sites can be found in Osceola County.  While some of these sites can be visited, other listings are marked "private" and are not open to the public.

    Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

    1702 North Back Street
    This one-story masonry vernacular church was constructed in 1916. The name of Lawrence Silas, a prosperous black cattleman in Florida’s range country, appears on the cornerstone. With his father’s estate gone, Lawrence Silas rebuilt the family fortune and eventually owned thousands of head of cattle, contained within 50 miles of fence. (407) 847-4446.

    Adapted from Florida Black Heritage Trail, published by the Florida Department of State, in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, copyright 2007. For more information on African American sites, please visit

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