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Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Navesink, Middletown Township,
Chapel has been much altered since its erection. The front
addition with its triple window surrounding the entrance is an
interesting, if unconventional treatment. The quoins, however, don’t
make much sense stylistically, given the nature of the rest of the
building. It was written in the church history that the church was
modeled after the Presbyterian church in Atlantic Highlands, but
the resemblance is not obvious to my eye.
There is no mention in Ellis of any AME church in Middletown Township
in spite of the fact that the congregation was formed in 1861.
That sleight is not uncommon in the county histories written and
published in the 1880s; I have found similar omissions of any
reference to black existence (other than noting the occasional murder
or hanging) in other county books.
The original church, located a block
from this building may still exist, although it is difficult
to tell which of the several small residences might have served.