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Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church
Trenton, Mercer County

This small chapel was founded as the Union Street Methodist Episcopal church in 1851-52. It is located at 670 Centre Street, just a few steps away from the Wesleyan Methodist church. There has got to be more to the story, but I have been unable thus far to learn the critical details. The congregation initially held meetings in a residence on South Warren Street, then built their first church on Union Street in 1852. They sold that building in 1885 to a Polish Hebrew congregation, and erected this building in 1889, when the name was changed to the Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church.
     Historically the Wesley branch of the Methodist Episcopal church arose over a dispute about slavery which led to portions of many congregations dividing over the failure of the heirarchy to condemn slavery, but I have no evidence there was any such issue between the two neighborhood congregations.




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