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Sevierville in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

New Salem Baptist Church

Built 1886

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 9, 2019
1. New Salem Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Built as a Union church for the worship of any denomination that chose to use it.

Leaders in the church movement were Isaac Dockery, Alf McMahan, John Burden, Mrs. Addie McMahan, Mrs. Nancy Coleman and Witt McMahan.

Squire and Mrs. Bob Henderson gave land for the site of this church. The bricks were made by Isaac Dockery and his family. The church was built by the community families.

Rev. Peter Gwin was the first preacher of this church. Rev. Press Free and Capt. Mink Wynn were white ministers who came to preach during the early years of church growth.

Erected by
The Isaac Dockery Family Reunion
August 1980

 
Erected 1980 by Isaac Dockery Family Reunion.
 
Location. 35° 51.542′ N, 83° 33.234′ W. Marker is in Sevierville, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker can be reached from Eastgate Road west of Henderson Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the church grounds, near the northwest corner of the church. Marker
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 9, 2019
2. New Salem Baptist Church Marker (tall view)
is at or near this postal address: 601 Eastgate Road, Sevierville TN 37862, 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 New Salem Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); John Porter McCown (approx. 0.7 miles away); Nancy Academy (approx. ¾ mile away); The McMahan Indian Mound (approx. 0.8 miles away); Forks of Little Pigeon Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Forks of The River Cemetery Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Forks of the Little Pigeon Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sevier County Veterans (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sevierville.
 
Regarding New Salem Baptist Church. National Register of Historic Places #03000696 (2003).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Isaac Dockery
 
Also see . . .  New Salem Baptist Church. New Salem Baptist Church built in 1886 is Sevierville's oldest surviving building and the county's oldest brick church and only historic African-American church. An important part of the community's 19th century heritage. This historical church after years of slow deterioration after being closed and boarded up is in need of major renovations. Descendants of church builder and successful black
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 9, 2019
3. New Salem Baptist Church Marker (wide view)
brick mason Isaac Dockery of Sevierville and others have been mobilizing recently to try to restore the building and turn it into a community center or historic destination open to the public. (Submitted on May 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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