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Bethania in Forsyth County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bethania Freedman's Community

 
 
Bethania Freedman's Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 11, 2012
1. Bethania Freedman's Community Marker
Inscription. The community established along this road in the Bethania Town Lot was built by African-American men and women who began acquiring land here following the Civil War. Many of these people had been enslaved on the Oak Grove plantation, from which they had purchased much of this land. The area became a thriving historic African-American community, and included a church, school, stores, canning factory, farms, and a popular fishing lake. The nearby church, established by Bethania Moravians in 1850, became Bethania A.M.E. Zion Church in 1875, and continues to serve at its original location. Descendants of early families continue to live in this historically significant community.
 
Erected 2008 by Winston-Salem Historic Marker Program.
 
Location. 36° 11.951′ N, 80° 18.902′ W. Marker is in Bethania, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is at the intersection of Bethania Rural Hall Rd. and Turfwood Drive, on the left when traveling north on Bethania Rural Hall Rd.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethania NC 27010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cedar Grove School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Great Wagon Road (approx.
Bethania Freedman's Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 11, 2012
2. Bethania Freedman's Community Marker
1.7 miles away); Oak Grove School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bethania (approx. 2 miles away); Lord Cornwallis (approx. 2 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 2 miles away); Nazareth Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wash House 1754 (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bethania.
 
Also see . . .
1. W-S Historic Marker Program. (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
2. Recognition Time (W-S Journal). (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
3. Freedmen's Plots (W-S Journal). (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
4. W-S Marker Program page (pdf). (Submitted on March 13, 2013, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil RightsWar, US Civil
 
Bethania Freedman's Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 11, 2012
3. Bethania Freedman's Community Marker
Bethania Freedman's Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 11, 2012
4. Bethania Freedman's Community Marker
Entrance to Bethania A.M.E. Zion Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 11, 2012
5. Entrance to Bethania A.M.E. Zion Church
Geotagged photo included to give approximate location of original church.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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