Bethel AME to get $100,000 grant for rehab

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Bethel AME
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a cornerstone of Cambridge’s African-American community.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Public Works on April 22 unanimously approved a grant of $100,000 for the rehabilitation of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 623 Pine St. in Cambridge.

The Eastern Shore Network for Change Inc. (ESNC) will receive the funds from the Maryland Historical Trust’s African American Heritage Preservation Program. It will be used to improve the exterior masonry and carpentry, restore the roof and make door repairs or replacement. It also covers the costs of associated architectural and engineering services.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said he had the pleasure of going to the church in February 2017 for Gloria Richardson Day, and credited the work of Kisha Petticolas and Dion Banks of the ESNC, adding that they’re doing a wonderful job for Dorchester County.

“To have Dorchester County, Bethel AME Cambridge and ESNC mentioned reminds the state that amazing things are in the works, even during this global pandemic,” Mr. Banks posted online. “We’re looking forward to beginning Phase I of Bethel AME restoration.”

The lieutenant governor was chairing the online meeting on behalf of Gov. Larry Hogan. The other members are Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
The news was well received in Cambridge.

“Thanks Dion and Kisha for a marvelous job for our city of Cambridge and our church, Bethel AME,” Annie Askins wrote.
“Praying for the investment in a historic treasure,” Regina Humaine-Rolle wrote. “I am proud to call Bethel AME home.”