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James African Methodist Episcopal Church
building has been altered so much that it would have
been impossible to get a sense of the original without an old photograph.
The building was a simple meetinghouse, not readily distinguishable
from a small schoolhouse. There is nothing except the odd
of windows along the side to suggest that the present
building might be
the original one. There has clearly been an extension added to the front
of the building; given that, the belfry might be original as well, although
now encased in aluminium. There is no mention in Ellis of this church,
although it is clear from other sources that the township had a substantial
black population in the nineteenth century. One curious question that
to be raised is why, with a numerous black population, that
AME churches were organized until 30 years after the first ones
were erected in Mercer and Burlington counties.