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Methodist Episcopal Church
Trenton, Mercer County
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
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.