History of Bethel A.M.E. Program at the Indiana Historical Society
Time & Location
About the Event
Sisterhood event at the Indiana Historical Society that will highlight Founder Vivian Irene White Marbury. Soror Kaylin Greer will be performing the role of Founder Marbury.
To Canaan with Love, Bethel
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Thursday, February 7, 2019
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
$15, $10 IHS Members, $10 Students (with valid ID)
It’s Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 1956, and Bethel AME pastor Rev. Jonathan Dames and members Frances Connecticut Stout, Anna Page Stout, Ethel Kuykendall and Vivian Marbury are deep in conversation about their brothers and sisters in Montgomery, Alabama, discussing everything from Emmet Till’s murder the previous year to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They talk about their responsibility and accountability to help brothers and sisters of other black communities while struggling at home with the effects of the current and present threat of the Ku Klux Klan and the possible parole of former Grand Dragon D.C. Stephenson.
In this short theater presentation, listen in on the conversation about one of nation’s pivotal points in civil rights history that united black communities in grief, solidarity and anger. Afterward, learn about how Bethel AME Church played a critical role in Indianapolis’ black community, serving as a place to worship as well as a community center and safe haven during difficult and dangerous times.