Kenney Memorial Hospital


Kenney Memorial Hospital
Community Hospital
New Salem Baptist Church


Located in the Central Ward of Newark, west of the Central Business District, Kenney Memorial Hospital was built in 1927 by Dr. John A. Kenney. This was the first hospital in New Jersey to train African-American doctors and nurses in the era of Jim Crow. In 1935, the building was renamed the Community Hospital when Dr. Kenny donated the hospital to the Booker T. Washington Community Hospital Associations of Newark. The hopital closed in 1953 and was purchased by the New Salem Baptist Church to serve the spritual needs of the community.





Condition History

Since its purchase in 1953, New Salem Baptist Church has maintained the Community Hospital and no considerable transformation has been implemented in the building. The exterior and second floor has remained the same as when Dr. Kenny occupied the building.



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Freedom not far distant
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Price, Clement A. "The Beleaguered City as the Promised Land: Blacks in Newark,1917-1947." in Urban New Jersey Since 1870. Trenton: New Jersey Historivcal Commission,1975.  

Files: (See attachment)

National Register of Historic Places, Community Hospital, also known as New Salem Baptist Church, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, National Register #04000224.


Italian Renaissance Revival


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