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Greenville Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Jersey City, Hudson County

Greenville Zion is one of at least seven Lutheran churches in the city (there were many more at the turn of the century), which is more than any other city in the state. It confirms the substantial immigration from Protestant areas of Germany, probably between 1848 and the 1880s. Greenville was organized in 1866 and this building was erected in 1877, but may have undergone a substantial renovation in 1899. It sits on JFK Boulevard at McAdoo and is obviously in the Gothic tradition. It appears from the signage that the congregation is now largely Spanish-speaking, which is somewhat curious as most people of Hispanic origin are decidedly not Protestant in their beliefs. But obviously it is my understanding of the changing demographics of Protestant denominations that needs updating.




Copyright (c) 2001 Frank L. Greenagel