African American Heritage Tour

St. Philips Heritage Center


The African Moravian Church (named St. Philips in 1914) is the oldest standing African American church in North Carolina.

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Dave Jar

STORAGE JAR David Drake (c. 1781 – c. 1870) 1858 Edgefield County, South Carolina. This massive storage jar was made by Dave Drake, one of the many slaves who worked on the pottery plantations of Edgefield County, SC.

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On this tour you will learn the stories of many of the enslaved African Americans who lived in Salem from the early years of its founding in 1766 and of the African Moravian congregation that was organized in Salem in 1822. You’ll also learn the hidden legacy of African American influence in Southern Decorative Arts. On this tour:

  • View audiovisual introduction to African Americans in Salem
  • Engage in interactive activities and exhibits at the reconstructed 1823 African Log Church
  • Tour the St. Philips African Moravian Church, the oldest standing African American church in North Carolina.
  • Sit in the original pews where the ending of slavery was announced by a Union Calvary Chaplain on May 21, 1865
  • Visit the African American Graveyard and view artifacts
  • Tour the MESDA gallery and view iconic work by North Carolina cabinetmaker Thomas Day, the Edgefield, South Carolina, potter David Drake, and the Baltimore, Maryland, painter Joshua Johnson.

  • Offered Tuesdays throughSaturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tours are typically one  hour
  • Recommended for adults, minimum age: middle school students
  • Group size: 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Price per person $17 per person (plus applicable NC sales tax).
  • Reservations  and payment are due at least 30 days in advance.
  • Non-refundable
  • Please call 1-800-441-5305 to schedule your African American Heritage Tour.

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