Winston-Salem in Forsyth County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Salem Moravian Graveyard
Here the departed are buried chronologically, in the order in which they are "called home to be with the Lord."
Here are no statues or monuments to distinguish the graves of the rich from those of the poor. The recumbent stones remind us of the equality of the dead in Godís sight.
The visitor will soon note that the men, women, and children are buried separately. This is a continuation of the "Choir System" introduced in Herrnhut, Saxony by Count Zinzendorf, the renewer of the Moravian Church. The congregation was divided into groups according to age, sex, and marital status so that each individual might be cared for spiritually according to their differing needs. At worship the "choirs" also sat together in the church, the Brethren and boys on one side, the Sisters and girls on the other. When
Godís Acre is still used by the Salem Congregation, comprised of twelve of the Moravian Churches within the city of Winston-Salem. The dead are still buried according to the "choir system."
On the Saturday before Easter the members of the Salem Congregation churches decorate the graves, so that each grave has flowers on it and the graveyard becomes like a large garden where the famous Easter Sunrise Service is held, continuing a tradition begun in 1735 in Herrnhut and first observed here in 1772.
On Easter morning the Congregation comes here as the "Church Militant" to affirm amid the grave of the "Church Triumphant" their faith in the "Risen Lord."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1735.
Location. 36° 5.536′ N, 80° 14.529′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Located just inside entrance on Cemetery Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. A different marker also named Salem Moravian Graveyard (here, next to this marker); R. J. ReynoldsN.C. Federation of Women's Clubs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Plank Road Comes to Salem (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mickey Coffee Pot (about 600 feet away); Salem Town Hall (about 600 feet away); Builders' House (about 700 feet away); Boulders' House Lighting Project (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winston-Salem.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 511 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.