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Salem Baptist Church 1 | by David V. Hoffman
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Salem Baptist Church 1

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After the Civil War (1861-1865) the congregation of the white Antioch Baptist Church in the lower part of Charlotte County (in Virginia) invited black worshippers to their church. They also helped raise money for the freedmen to construct their own church, Salem Baptist Church (one of two houses of worship by that name in Charlotte County). The board of trustees of the church deeded land in 1900 for the building of a school. This ultimately became the Salem School, a Rosenwald school for African-Americans, located just across the road from the church. The current church structure apparently dates from about 1906. This brick church has been altered by an additional entry laid with different brick and in another pattern. The roofs are steeply pitched, and from the front ascend in three levels to the pointed steeple with an interesting window pattern and the culminating cross. I’ve been told that some unusual and decorative headstones are in the church cemetery. The sky that day was amazing, vivid blue one moment, threatening the next.

 

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Taken on January 28, 2011