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Memorial Baptist Church


Salem, Salem County
Broadway & Seventh Streets
founded 1869, built 1870-72

Note the striking resemblance between this and the Broadway Methodist church, built in 1858. The fenestration is identical and the only significant difference is the absence of the pilasters and their capitals that grace the Methodist church. Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. church is also remarkably similar.
The basic design, in fact, was a common one for Methodist churches ever since the "home" church of the Methodists—Philadelphia's Old St. George's—was refitted in the 1830s. It is a simple Georgian meetinghouse, three bays wide and two or two-and-a-half stories tall.
Memorial Baptist is a daughter of the First Baptist, located a couple blocks west. Jaquett says a large revival in 1868 brought in so many new members that an additional church was needed.