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Lafayette Methodist Episcopal Church
Jersey City, Hudson County

This large reddish church on Pacific Avenue near Lafayette was the Lafayette Methodist church. There is an incised stone on one of the towers that proclaims it was organized in 1869, and that is certainly not the founding date of its current tenant, the St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church. One book says the church got its inception in a series of weekly prayer meetings about 1863, then started to host political meetings, with the proviso that the first building would revert to the Methodist Society following the 1868 election. This church was erected in 1883-1884. The left tower that once supported a very tall steeple has been replaced.

 

 

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