Founded in Indianapolis in 1836, the Bethel AME Church has played a role in the Underground Railroad, the founding of the NAACP in Indiana, the first formal School for Black Children, the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and much more. In 2009, Indiana Historical Bureau's Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology awarded the church a historical marker to recognize and promote their contributions and their significance as listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. Shortly after the sign was erected it was struck down. No one knows how. This church, like many churches, is facing financial difficulties due to an aging and declining membership. This particular church was also greatly affected when the Indianapolis highway system was implemented as many of their community members were displaced. Now the church is surrounded by a university and expensive condos. The sign was the one thing in the landscape that made the church's presence known. Restoring the sign will restore an important connection to the community for its members. Repairing the sign and replacing the post will cost $1250, according to the Indiana Historical Bureau. This small amount of money could make a big difference by helping to get the sign back up. Your contribution, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.