Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shiloh Baptist Church, corner Prince & Marion Streets

January 1, 1863, New York Times, Grand Emancipation Jubilee, Ringing the Old Year Out and the New Year In, ... held a grand jubilee last night at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, corner of Prince and Marion streets.

May 23, 2012, The History Box, Brief Histories Of The Churches Connected With The Presbytery of New York. Pre: 1949 Part IV, The second Negro Church of New York Presbytery was organized June 1850 in ... dissolved a few years previously, at 61 Prince Street, corner of Marion Street, ...
(BIBLIOGRAPHY: From my collection of books: The Presbyterian Church in New York City by Theodore Fiske Savage; published by The Presbytery of New York 1949)

July 1, 1855, Twenty Years in the Seventh Presbyterian Church New York City, Two Sermons, Delivered July 1st, 1855, by Edwin F. Hatfield, page 83, 1855 session of a Baptist congregation; and that of the Rutgers-Street Church has been ... on the corner of Prince and Marion streets, has come into the possession of ...

1849, New York, Past, Present, and Future: Comprising a History of the City of New York, by Ezekiel Porter Belden,
Ezekiel Porter Belden - 1849 - ‎New York (N.Y.) Comprising a History of the City of New York, a Description of Its Present ... marked the successful establishment of the Presbyterian Church in New- York, but shall ... near Grand-street, 408 Broome, near Elm-street, Marion, corner of Prince-st., ..

2008, A Respectable Woman: The Public Roles of African American Women in 19th Century New York, by Jane E. Dabel, page 133,
Jane E. Dabel - 2008 - ‎History The Public Roles of African American Women in 19th-Century New York Jane E. ... at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church on the corner of Prince and Marion streets.

1906, Annual Report of the Commissioners of Taxes and Assessments,
New York (N.Y.). Tax Dept - 1906 - ‎Taxation... Church. . . . . . . New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor . ... Italian Benevolent Institute Presbyterian Church of University place . ... 38 Prince street . . 57 Marion street.

1996, Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of American Evangelicalism, by Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe,
Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe - 1996 - ‎Biography & Autobiography
On October 17, Charles, Lydia, and Helen Finney arrived in New York City, and ... but in the meantime shall occupy the Vanderwater Street Church which they ... a vacant Universalist meetinghouse at the corner of Prince and Marion streets. ... of several to bill themselves as "Free Presbyterian Churches," which meant that a ...

December 31, 2012, History News Network | The Grand Emancipation Jubilee,
- As reported in the New York Times on January 1, 1863, ... jubilee last night at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, corner of Prince and Marion streets .

July 2011, The Underground Railroad Free Press Prizes,
the Corner of Prince and Marion Streets, New. York. February 1877,” asking ... that the First Colored Presbyterian Church ... Street Church and Shiloh Church.

Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader, by Various,

Removals From Church Vaults at the Corner of Prince and Marion Streets, New York, February 1870

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:26 pm, Thu Jul 14, 2011.

African burial ground found at Maple Grove by Michael Cusenza, Editor Queens Chronicle | 0 comments

After 10 months of research, a volunteer Queens historian has uncovered an African burial ground at a Kew Gardens cemetery.

Carl Ballenas last week announced the discovery after investigating a mysterious monument near the Lefferts Boulevard entrance to Maple Grove Cemetery. Armed only with the stone’s vague inscription — “Removals from church vaults at the corner of Prince and Marion streets New York, February 1877" — Ballenas, a social studies teacher who donates his time to Maple Grove, set out to determine the contents below the monument and the narrative behind it.

"It's a phenomenal thing — history being brought to life here and it was right under our noses," he noted with a laugh.

The monument is believed to be the marker of the burial site of 308 members of the First Colored Presbyterian Church, which was established in 1822 by the Rev. Samuel Cornish and more commonly known as the Shiloh Presbyterian Church. It was part of the Underground Railroad network of people and places that helped slaves escape, and relocated throughout Manhattan several times, including to a building at the corner of Prince and Marion streets, where it operated for nearly 30 years.

Ballenas said that according to Maple Grove’s interment records, in 1877, the church’s burial vaults were moved to the Queens cemetery, which was just two years old at the time. “Note — Int. 29 — 308 removals from the Presbyt. Ch. Vault New York City, corner of Prince and Marion St.," reads a note in the 1877 interment ledger.

“They put a stone monument on top of this mass grave, but it doesn't name the church," Ballenas said. “I don't know why."

Ballenas’s ongoing research of the monument, which initially was spurred by students’ questions during Maple Grove’s annual “Spirits Alive” Halloween reception, is aimed at tying up the story of the sacred site and who might be buried there. The Richmond Hill native, who teaches at Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates and co-authored a history of Maple Grove, said it’s possible that Cornish and fellow ministers Theodore Wright and Henry Highland Garnet — all important individuals in African-American history — are interred under the monument.

"Maybe with a little bit of luck, we can find the burial records for that church," Ballenas said.

Bonnie Dixon, executive vice president and general manager of the 65-acre cemetery, said the historian's work is crucial.

"I think it’s important that we recognize the fact that [the church members] are here and we pay tribute to them,” she asserted.

Ballenas is also contributing to Maple Grove’s effort to design and construct a memorial to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. He said that regardless of the project or program, discoveries such as the burial ground still are all about arming future generations with lessons of the past.

"It's unlimited, what we can do with this wonderful resource," Ballenas said. "It opens up doors. In order to make history come alive, you have to find things like this. It’s beneath our feet."


Nooks & Corners of Old New York, by Charles Hemftreet, Illustrated By E. C. Peixotto, (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899)

Presbyterian Church, Prince and Marion Streets. New York

The building 39 and 41 Chambers Street, opposite the Court House, stands on the site of the pretty little Palmo Opera House, built in 1844 for the production of Italian opera, by F. Palmo, the wealthy proprietor of the Café des Mille Colonnes on Broadway at Duane Street. He lost his fortune in the operatic venture and became a bartender. In 1848 the house became Burton's Theatre. About 1800, this site was occupied by [Pg 40] the First Reformed Presbyterian Church, a frame building which was replaced by a brick structure in 1818. The church was moved to Prince and Marion Streets in 1834.

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