Bethany Baptist Church


Bethany Baptist Church
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Fairmount Baptist Church


The Bethany Baptist Church is considered one of the most important African American religious institutions in Newark. Located to the west of Newark's Central Business District, the ecclesiastical building was originally constructed for the Fairmount Avenue Baptist Church in 1866-1868.





Condition History

The Bethany Baptist Church purchased the building on November 10, 1905, and introduced some retrofits in 1906. With the exception of some decorative items and furnishings, the degree to which the building was altered during the renovation remains unclear. The church building was sold to the Newark Housing Authority in 1971 as part of their redevelopment plans for the University Heights area. The present congregation, Cornerstone Baptist Church,occupied the building in 1976, and has remained there since as a tenant.



Freedom Not Far Distant: a Documentary History of Afro-Americans In New Jersey

Price, Clement Alexander, New Jersey Historical Commission, and New Jersey Historical Society. Freedom Not Far Distant: a Documentary History of Afro-Americans In New Jersey : a Joint Project of the New Jersey Historical Society And the New Jersey Historical Commission. Newark, N.J.: The Society, 1980.

A History of the city of Newark, New Jersey, embracing practically two and a half centuries
Urquhart, Frank J., and Lewis Historical Publishing Co. A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Embracing Practically Two And a Half Centuries, 1666-1913. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1913.

Cunningham, John T. Newark. Newark, N. J., New Jersey Historical Society, 1966.

American Architecture
Whiffen,Marcus and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture,1607-1976. Cambridge,Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1981.

Files (See Attachments):
National Register of Historic Places, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, National Register #88000466.


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