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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

PH 8 SEP 1990 and PH 2 MAR 1991

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negatives


Top image: Full exterior view of Church of the Servant (Mennonite church), 35 Lafayette Street, from southwest.
Bottom image: Portrait of Rev. Bruce D. Martin, pastor of the Church of the Servant.

Rev. Martin, with a small group of Mennonite Christians, responded to the poverty statistics in the 1980 U.S. Census, and relocated from Indiana to create a community church on Munjoy Hill, and teen drop-in center and social outreach called The Root Cellar. The Root Cellar outgrew the congregation, and eventually the Church of the Servant disbanded. The congregants made The Root Cellar into a nondenominational social outreach and youth activities center, later moving to a storefront at 94 Washington Avenue (expanded and rebuilt in 2001).
The church building at 35 Lafayette Street was given to a Congolese Christian congregation.
[View of 35 Lafayette Street in 1985, when the building was home to the Munjoy Hill Church of God.]

Top photo published in the Portland Press Herald, on 8 September 1990.
Bottom photo published in the Portland Press Herald, on 2 March 1991.


Portland, Me., East End, Munjoy Hill, Houses of worship, Churches, The Root Cellar, Lafayette Street


Image Location


Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.