PHILADELPHIA Descendants of Richard Allen, founder of Mother Bethel Church and of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, have urged Philadelphia to avoid any disturbance of the recently rediscovered Mother Bethel burial ground at Queen and Lawrence Streets.
In a joint letter read Sunday at a public meeting at Bethel Church, five Allen descendants pointed out that the cemetery, acquired by Allen in 1810 and in active use until the mid-1860s, was the original burial site of Richard and Sarah Allen, as well as of a host of church founders.
(The Allens were later moved to Bethel church crypt, officials say.)
The city, the letter said, should ensure that “no development of the Weccacoe Playground burial site [above the cemetery] will disturb the actual grave sites.”
A playground over an old cemetery? Kids really want to play over a field full of skeletons? Hmmmmm.