Penns Grove, New Jersey

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Penns Grove is a Borough in Salem County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 4,886.

Penns Grove was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1894, from portions of Upper Penns Neck Township (now Carneys Point Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.[6]

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Geography

Penns Grove is located at 39°43′41″N 75°28′05″W / 39.728188°N 75.468050°W / 39.728188; -75.468050 (39.728188, -75.468050).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km2), all of it land.

Penns Grove borders Carneys Point Township and the Delaware River. The borough is located 15 miles (24 km) east of Wilmington, which is part of the Delaware Valley and 33 miles (53 km) south of Philadelphia.

History

In the early 1900s, many Italian immigrants from Valle San Giovanni and the surrounding province of Teramo came to work at the local E.I. DuPont de Nemours plant in Carneys Point. Many settled on Pitman Street in Penns Grove. In 1925, a copy of the statue of the Madonna and Child, found in the Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie in Teramo, Italy, was placed in the Penns Grove RC Church, Saint James. It remains there to this day.[citation needed]

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