Grant Award: $94,812 (1996) Grant Recipient: Bethel A.M.E. Church County: GloucesterMunicipality: Woodbury City
A rare antebellum survivor, the Old Carpenter Street School may be New Jersey's oldest existing schoolhouse built for African-Americans. It is also the oldest surviving structure associated with the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodbury, a congregation founded in 1817. Built by Joseph Tatum in the vernacular Gothic Revival style in 1840 (with modifications in 1870 and 1930), the small frame building became a public school in 1881. Eight years later, a larger schoolhouse was built a block away, and the Old Carpenter Street school became a parish house.
The Trust grant helped fund exterior and interior rehabilitation.