Streets
of
Camden, NJ

Maurice Street
aka
Ann Street


MAURICE STREET runs south from 742 Mount Vernon Street, across Chestnut Street and Sycamore Street, to 737 Kaighn Avenue. The only address on Maurice Street for much of the last 100 years has been 1130, which in 1947 was the Wesley A.M.E. Church Annex. 

Possibly the most interesting thing about Maurice Street is the confusion of what the name of the street actually is. The street first appears in the 1878 Camden City Directory. It was then called Ann Street. By the time the 1904-1905 City Directory the Street had been renamed Maurice Street. Maurice Street is noted in the 1924 City Directory,  however the 1947 City Directory shows it as Ann Street. Street signs since the late 1980s have been spelled both Murice and Maurice, given the level of competence in Camden's Public Works department during this period, a misspelling is highly likely. 

The Wesley A.M.E. Church, on the northeast corner of Sycamore and Maurice Streets, was originally called the Zion Wesley Church. A frame church was built in 1853. It was torn down, and the present building erected in 1880. The Church became a part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church organization between 1890 and 1906. The 1906 City Directory shows it as the Wesley A.M.E. Church.

Do you have an Maurice Street memory or picture. Let me know by e-mail so it can be included here.

 Phil Cohen


1946
Map of Camden

Maurice Street can be found at lower left of map, running vertically (south to north).

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Intersection of Mount Vernon Street & Maurice Street
 
1000 Block of Maurice Street
   
Intersection of Chestnut Street & Maurice Street
 
1100 Block of Maurice Street 
1130 Maurice Street

Wesley A.M.E. Church Annex
by 1947 though 2006

1130 Maurice Street

Wesley A.M.E. Church Annex
by 1947 though 2006

1130 Maurice Street

Wesley A.M.E. Church Annex
by 1947 though 2006

Intersection of Sycamore Street & Maurice Street
 
 
 
 
 
 

Intersection of Sycamore Street & Maurice Street
Philadelphia Inquirer - August 9, 1916

Meyer Pinsky - The Pinsky Stores - Kaighn Avenue - Ann Street - Sycamore Street


1100 Block of Maurice Street
   
Intersection of Kaighn Avenue & Maurice Street
   

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