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Stop the demolition of First Church of Malden; est. 1649

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We, Maldonians and supporters of the historical heritage’s preservation, would like to ask your help in preservation of First Church of Malden – the second oldest church in Massachusetts. It was established in 1649 and contains memorabilia from the 17th century, including the cornerstone and bell brought from Maldon, UK. After the fires, the church was rebuilt. The current building was reconstructed in 1934.

First Church of Malden has tremendous historical value not only for the city, but also for the state and even for the country. It is here during the American Revolution Maldonians discussed their historical Instructions to the town representative - first in the country Declaration of Independence. In this church served such famous ministers as: Rev. Michael Wigglesworth, the author of a first colonial poetical bestseller “The Day of Doom”; Rev. Joseph Emerson, great-grandfather of an outstanding poet Ralph Waldo Emerson; Rev. Peter Thacher, the “Silver voice of American Revolution,” an author of Malden Instructions and numerous revolutionary speeches and sermons; Rev. Adoniram Judson, father of Adoniram Judson, world-known Baptist missionary; Rev. Sylvanus Cobb, a leader of MA anti-slavery and temperance movements and father of well-known Cobb brothers: writer, sculptor, and painter.

Recently the historical First Church of Malden was sold to the Jefferson Apartment Group Development Company (JAG) from VA, which plans to demolish it, together with City Hall ensemble, in order to build the apartment building complex. Malden already has a lot of newly constructed apartment buildings and some are under construction. However, Malden, one of the oldest cities in the country, practically lost its historical buildings.

The demolition of First Church of Malden absolutely contradicts to the city motto - “the strong  past, proud future.” Such actions can lead to the total loss of Malden uniqueness.

It is necessary to preserve this historical building, which could be used, after some renovation, for the city historical museum and cultural-educational center where Maldonians and city quests can learn the city history, attend various historical and art exhibits, and cultural events.

 For more history information of the First Church:

http://malden.wickedlocal.com/article/20151030/news/151039437

 



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