Bishops of the A.M.E. Church in the Order of Election [caption title]

Washington, D.C. 1916. Photographically-illustrated broadside, 18.75 x 21 inches. Some creasing, minor edge wear, rubbing, and foxing. Very good. Item #4611

An attractive photographically-illustrated collage-style broadside featuring portraits of the first thirty-nine Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, who were elected between 1816 and 1912. The first Bishop was Richard Allen and the last was J.M. Connor. The great majority of the portraits are reproduced photographs, except for the Bishops who served before the advent of photography, who are featured in painted portraits. In addition to the portraits, the center of the broadside is illustrated with the "First Church Built on Spot Where Blacksmith Shop Stood" in 1796, an engraving illustrating the interior of said Blacksmith Shop, and "'Mother' Bethel Philadelphia - Place of Meeting of the Centennial General Conference 1916." The text at bottom includes a numbered list keyed to the portraits, some background information on the A.M.E. Church, and a notice that the broadside comes "Compliments of the Financial Department of the A.M.E. Church, J.R. Hawkins, Financial Secretary" in Washington, D.C. OCLC lists just a single copy of this rare broadside, at the Ohio History Center.

Price: $1,850.00