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African Moravian Log Church – Lot 104

African Moravian Log Church - Lot 104

In 1823, a small log church was built by the volunteer labor of 30 African Americans in Salem. Located in the south end of town, next to the African American and Strangers’ Graveyard, this church was originally called the “Negro” or “African” church. By 1860, more space was needed to accommodate increasing attendance, and in 1861, the log church was abandoned for a larger brick church. After the Civil War, the log church was used for a short while as the freedman’s hospital and later as a residence. It was demolished in the early 20th century.

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