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Jersey City, Hudson County
large reddish church on Pacific Avenue near Lafayette was the Lafayette
Methodist church. There is an incised
stone on one of the towers that proclaims it was organized in 1869,
and that is certainly not the founding date of its current tenant,
John's African Methodist Episcopal Church. One book says the church
got its inception in a series of weekly prayer meetings about 1863,
then started to host political meetings, with the proviso that the
first building would revert to the Methodist Society following the
1868 election. This church was erected in 1883-1884. The left tower
that once supported a very tall steeple has been replaced.