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The Hidden Town Project
Old Salem recently launched a
groundbreaking research initiative
called The Hidden Town Project that
explores the lives of Salem's enslaved
and freed communities of African
descendent. These histories involve
the complicated use of slavery and
enslaved people to build the town of
Salem and their contribution to the
mercantile prosperity of the town.
The Hidden Town Project reveals these
histories from the inception of Salem
in 1766 through the Jim Crow Era and
into the 21st century. Visitors to Old
Salem find Hidden Town displays in
each of the exhibit buildings and a
previous uninterpreted room in the
Tavern Museum designated as a
"room of reflection."
Stroll Old Salem's heirloom gardens
and learn about their Homowo
Harvest Seed Collection-seeds
traditionally associated with African
American traditions and recipes, and
give evidence to history, culture and
memory. While in Old Salem, visit the
Museum of Southern Decorative
Arts (MESDA). Works by skilled African
American craftsmen such as Thomas
Day and Joshua Johnson fill the period
rooms. (More about MESDA on page 9.)

African American Arts & Culture Guide

God's Acre and Strangers'
Graveyard at Old Salem
The Moravians were advocates of
equality through religion, even with
their burial practices. These beliefs are
evidenced by "God's Acre," a historic,
traditional Moravian graveyard
that represents the unity that was
present in 18th century Salem.
Identical gravestones exemplify the
ideology of no one man deserving
higher remembrance over another.
There was, however, a separate
graveyard, "Strangers' Graveyard,"
that was specifically for non-Moravian
members of the community. As
the antebellum South's ideas of
segregation seeped further into
Salem, this graveyard became known
as "Negro God's Acre" from 18161859. Archeologists determined that
traditional African burial practices
were used here, such as placing
broken pottery shards on top of the
graves. Ten of the marked stones from
"Negro God's Acre" are on display at
St. Philips in the Log Church to tell the
story of life as an African American in
18th century Salem.

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