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St Thomas African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Somerville, Somerset County






The church was founded in 1856 or 1858 and this small wood frame building was erected in 1890. It was once quite an interesting building, with shingles covering the gable and planking over the remainder of the church. The newer entry is unfortunate, and the tower has lost its character.
     The church is notable for its association with Paul Robeson, who father was minister here during his youth.




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