Into a New Century

During the National Financial Crisis of 1890 to 1892, both the nation and Hanover Church faced financial difficulties. At Hanover, the congregation borrowed to cover expenses. In 1894, as part of cost-saving measures, the congregation was forced to reduce the yearly salary of the pastor, Dr. Marks, from $1,500 to $1,200. To compensate, the congregation provided the parsonage rent free to the Marks family. One means Hanover used to raise revenue during the late 1890s and early 1900s was to rent sidewalk space to merchants who sold goods from market stands on 6th and King Streets. That Hanover took more than a financial interest in the merchants was illustrated in 1906 when one of the merchants became ill. According to the minutes of the Board of Trustees, “The colored woman who has lease for a market stand on King Street pavement in front of the church was reported to be in such poor health she has been unable to attend market.” In response, a resolution was passed by the Trustees to release her from paying rent until she was able to occupy her stand.

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