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Lafayette History Festival & Tour SATURDAY, MAY 18th, 2002, JERSEY CITY, NJ. 12 NOON-5 PM. Sponsored by Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham, the City of Jersey City, and the Division of Cultural Affairs. Co-sponsored by the Communipaw Avenue Block Association, Monumental Baptist Church, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, and the Afro-American Historical Society Museum. FREE and open to the public. Join us for a day-long celebration of Lafayette, the mythological cradle of historic New Jersey where in 1609 Henry Hudson docked his vessel, "The Half Moon," at the foot of Communipaw Avenue in Communipaw Cove, setting the stage for settlement along the Hudson River. Lafayette, adorned with magnificent architectural remnants representing two centuries, is also considered to be the state's oldest African-American community. There will be a walking and bus tour of significant landmarks in the district, including the Provident Beehive Bank, the Dutch Reformed Church, Manning Avenue, the Whitlock Cordage, the Pullman Porters' House, and All Saints' School, among many others. Several 19th century residences, churches and schools will be open to the public (look for the signs and balloons!). Key African-American sites, such as a forgotten slave burial ground and the estates of local luminaries Dr. Lena Edwards and Dr. George E. Cannon, will be visited. Tables and tents with historical displays and information will be set up. Schedule of Events: 12 noon-1pm: Opening Ceremonies. Meet at the tent area on Lafayette and Van Horne Streets, which will be closed off to traffic. Local neighborhood associations, elected officials and preservation organizations will take the podium to welcome tourists. 1pm-3pm: Tour of Lafayette. Meets at 1pm sharp at the Beehive Bank, corner of Pacific and Communipaw Avenues. Historic houses and churches open to the public for self-guided tours will be marked with signs and balloons. Buses will be provided for the elderly and persons with disabilities. 3pm-4pm: African-American Burial Ground Ceremony. Intersection of Johnston Avenue and Pine Street, the northern entrance to Liberty State Park. Representatives from local churches, joined by Honorable Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham, himself an historian, will recognize and mark what is believed to be the location of a former slave cemetery. 4pm-5pm: "Historic Lafayette Slide Show" and Closing Ceremonies at the tent area. LAFAYETTE WALKING TOUR (29 Historic Sites): 1. PACIFIC AVENUE (Intersection of Pacific and Communipaw Avenues) Old Trolley Corridor Former Boulevard of Upscale Mansions and Cottages 2. PROVIDENT BEEHIVE BANK (350 Pacific Avenue) Erected 1888/1932 3. IGLESIA FUENTE DE SALVACION (324 Communipaw Ave.) Formerly Lafayette Reformed Dutch Church Erected 1864 House of Worship for Governor A. Harry Moore Later Feeding Station for Black Panthers 4. AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDRY (300 Communipaw Ave.) Erected 1902 Once the Largest Type Foundry in the World 5. COMMUNIPAW AVENUE (Foot of Communipaw Ave. at the NJ Transit Park & Ride) Ancient Native American Indian Trail First Public Road in New Jersey Ferry Service to Manhattan Island Started 1661 6. PULLMAN PORTER'S HOUSE (279 Communipaw Ave.) Layover House for African-American Pennsylvania Railroad Porters 7. KEENEY & HALLADAY BROWNSTONE ROW HOUSES (345-355 Communipaw Ave.) Erected circa 1870 Built by William Keeney and John Halladay Developers of Lafayette, 1854-56 8. GETHSEMANE BAPTIST CHURCH (258 Pacific Ave.) Erected 1917 9. ST. MARY'S BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH (231 Pacific Ave.) Erected 1920 10. CORNERSTONE CHURCH OF CHRIST (293 Pacific Ave.) Formerly All Saint's RC Church Erected 1906 Designed by John T. Rowland 11. DR. LENA EDWARDS HOUSE (331 Pacific Ave.) Former Estate of Dr. Lena Edwards Distinguished African-American Doctor and Civic Leader Presented Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson 12. ST. JOHN'S A.M.E. CHURCH (326 Pacific Ave.) Formerly Lafayette Methodist Church Erected 1884 13. ALL SAINT'S SCHOOL & LYCEUM (300 Whiton St.) Dedicated December 19th, 1897 14. CHURCH OF ASSUMPTION ALL SAINTS (344 Pacific Ave.) Erected 1951 15. DR. GEORGE E. CANNON ESTATE (346-56 Pacific Ave.; demolished) Former Estate of Dr. George E. Cannon Distinguished African-American Doctor and Civic Leader Founder of the Frederick Douglas Film Company 16. BREADALBANE TERRACE TIN ROW HOUSES (100-106 Lafayette St.) Erected circa 1880 One of the Last Tin Facade Rows in Jersey City 17. ENGINE COMPANY # 10 (283 Halladay St.) Erected 1870 Second Oldest Fire House in Jersey City 18. JACKSON FUNERAL RESIDENCE (384 Communipaw Ave.) Erected circa 1860 Oldest Lafayette House in Original State 19. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST TEMPLE (405 Communipaw Ave.) Formerly German Lutheran Church Erected 1897 20. MANNING AVENUE (Between Communipaw Ave. and Lafayette St.) Constructed circa 1860 Last Cobblestone Carriage Road in Lafayette One of 5 Remaining in Jersey City 21. OLD DUTCH HOMESTEAD (14 Manning Ave.) Circa 1850 22. WHITLOCK CORDAGE (Bounded by Manning Ave. and Lafayette, Maple and Grand Streets) Formerly Passaic Zinc Company Erected on the Morris Canal circa 1860 23. MORRIS CANAL Constructed 1836 Underground Railroad Passageway Used by Runaway Slaves Listed on State & National Registers of Historic Places 24. DR. ERCEL F. WEBB PARK (Bounded by Manning Ave. and Lafayette, Maple and Van Horne Streets) Formerly Lafayette Park Dedicated April 25,1902 Re-dedicated February 22, 1995 In Honor of Dr. Ercel F. Webb Visionary Pastor of Monumental Baptist Church for 42 Years 25. MONUMENTAL BAPTIST CHURCH (121 Lafayette St.) Formerly Assumption R.C. Church Erected 1930 26. PUBLIC SCHOOL NO. 22 (264 Van Horne St.) Erected 1919 Designed by John T. Rowland 27. PACIFIC AVENUE BRIDGE (Intersection of Pacific Ave. and Barbara Place) Erected 1898 Spanned the Morris Canal 28. DR. LENA EDWARDS PARK (Johnston Ave. between Pine and Whiton Streets) Named in Honor of Dr. Lena Edwards Distinguished African-American Doctor and Civic Leader Presented Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson 29. AFRICAN-AMERICAN BURIAL GROUND (Intersection of Johnston Ave. and Pine Street)
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