A.M.E. Church Dollar Money Receipt.
Receipt for annual $1 payment to the African Methodist Episcopal church general fund
Receipt for “Dollar Money” paid in 1908 by Thamzine Chambers, member of Bethel A.M.E. Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The receipt is notable for bearing the iconic portrait image of former slave, Bishop Richard Allen who founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1794.
According to the Centennial Encyclopedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, “Dollar Money is the name applied to the annual one dollar which each pastor is required to collect from or for each member of his church and report to the annual conference. This “dollar money” is the chief item in the general fund of the church. It was originated in 1872 when the financial department was started, and has been very successful, the collections having increased from an average of $22,000 per year during 1876–80 to $210,000 per year during 1912–16. ... ‘The division of each dollar the Church gets as Dollar Money is as follows: Eight cents to the Church extension Department, 8 cents to the Missionary Department, 8 cents to the Educational Department, 36 cents for each of the annual conference appropriations, forty cents for the Financial Department.[’]”¹
The receipt is signed by church pastor, Henry Harrison Cooper who taught school in Delaware and studied the printing arts at the Industrial School of the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia. Before joining the A.M.E. church, Cooper established his own printing firm in Philadelphia, Cooper, Parker and Purnell.² The receipt is also signed by one J. Dorsey as church “Leader.”
Description: A.M.E. Church Dollar Money Receipt.
[West Chester, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1908]. p. Partly-printed Receipt. Approx. 3 x 7 inches. Portrait illustration cut depicting Richard Allen. Receipt completed in pencil manuscript. Folds; very good.
Note. 1. Wright, ed., Centennial Encyclopedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (Philadelphia, 1916), p305. 2. Ibid., p72.