Winston-Salem in Forsyth County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lewis Hege (1840-1918)
African American Heritage Site
— Old Salem Museums & Gardens —
When George and Mary Catherine Hege move to the house at Lot 101 in 1851, they brought with them at least two enslaved African Americans, including Lewis, who had been born in 1840 at the Hege grist and saw mill outside of Salem. Lewis likely lived behind the main house, as indicated by the notation of "slave quarters" in the 1860 census. Lewis attended church next door, first at the log church and then the brick church (later called St. Philips African Moravian Church) when it was consecrated in 1861. He became a leader of the congregation as a young man, serving as an elder and helping to establish the school for African American children in 1867.
On May 21, 1865, Lewis no doubt was present to hear a Union cavalry officer formally announce Freedom in the sanctuary of the brick church. Following Emancipation, Lewis moved to East Seventh Street in Winston. Around 1908, he moved to Yonztown, a black community in nearby Waughtown, where he spent the last decade of his life. He worked as a grocer and a day-laborer for a time. In 1870, he owned real estate valued at $100, unusual for a Freedman. Lewis was widowed twice (his third
Erected by Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical date for this entry is May 21, 1865.
Location. 36° 5.017′ N, 80° 14.442′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is at the intersection of Race Street and Church Street South, on the left when traveling west on Race Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 922 S Church St, Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reich-Hege House Site (1830-1922) (here, next to this marker); Reich-Hege Lot (1830) (here, next to this marker); Squire's Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem and the "Farmer's Railroad" (within shouting distance of this marker); The African American Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Burials in the Parish Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landscape South of St. Philips (within shouting distance of this marker); Emancipation in Salem (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winston-Salem.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.