Money box that belonged to the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, Bishop Richard Allen. The rectangular box is flat on all sides with a flat bottom. It has a slightly domed top with a horizontal 1 7/8" slot in the center. The brass handle on the top is joined to the box by flat circular disks on either side of the slot. The top of the box is a hinged lid, attached in the back with two hinges. The box is constructed of wood and covered in dark, reddish-brown leather. There is a metal locking mechanism nailed to the front of the box, with a hinged piece that fits into a slot on the lock attached to the center front of the lid. Brass nails with circular heads are lined along the edges of the lid and front and back edges. Smaller brass nails surround the bottom edge of the box and side panels. There is a rectangular piece of off-white, discolored paper adhered to the center of the bottom of the box. Handwritten text in black ink on the paper reads [(illegible) / Rev. C. M.(?) Tanner D.D.(?) / 1 Dec. 1906 / Phila. / The Money Box of Richard Allen]. The inside of the box appears to have been lined with paper, with remnants visible on all inside surfaces. The inside of the lid and back edge contain the most complete pieces. The paper is white with a red circular repeating design.
A print captioned “American Sketches: A Negro Congregation at Washington.” The print has been hand colored. The image depicts a man behind an elevated pulpit. He is reading a book. Another man sits beside him on the pulpit. Men in women dressed formally are standing and sitting in front of them. A man on the left side of the image is standing and also holding a book. He appears to be singing. The caption appears underneath the image. The image is in a wooden frame.
The bench is varnished with a dark brown paint that is chipped in several places, revealing a lighter, golden brown grained wood underneath. The right panel of the pew is carved with a simple design and consists of one solid piece of wood while the left panel is made of three separate panels of wood. There are nails protruding and cracks in the wood where the seat and backrest of the pew are joined to the left panel. Spaced evenly along the top of the backrest are five metal oval plates carved with numbers. On the back of the backrest, at the center, are four nail holes placed in a rectangular formation where a hymn book rack was most likely once attached.
A small Bible, missing its front and back cover. It has lost pages at the beginning and end of the text, losing the entirety of Genesis and parts of Leviticus and Revelation. The first page contains Leviticus 4:32 through Leviticus 6:2.