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Fifth Baptist Church
Newark, Essex County

In 1858 the largely German population of the Ironbound area erected this vaguely Greek Revival building as the Fifth Baptist church at Lafayette and Prospect Street. In 1928 that congregation folded and the building was obtained by the Spanish and Portuguese residents who named it St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church. The Portuguese portion left when Our Lady of Fatima was erected in the 1950s.
     The building reputedly has catacombs in the basement, crypts with wax likenesses of Spanish saints.




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