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Historic Resources Commission - May 15, 2017

A local historic marker commemorating the Brothers Spring and a school for the children of freedmen in the area will be unveiled at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, on Alder Street next to Happy Hill Park. The unveiling will be followed by a tour of the Happy Hill neighborhood by Cheryl Harry, the director of African-American programming for Old Salem.    

References to the spring date back to the early years of Salem and it was a popular bivouac site for military units in transit. However, the exact site of the spring was not recorded and it was not until 2013 that its location was pinpointed by Old Salem’s archaeologist. The spring was included in the land the Moravian Church provided to the African-American community to establish the first school for African-American children in Forsyth County.

Speakers at the unveiling will include Mayor Allen Joines; Council Members Vivian H. Burke and Derwin Montgomery; Kristen McManus of the Historic Resources Commission; and Michael O. Hartley and Cheryl Harry of Old Salem Museums and Gardens.

African School, courtesy Old Salem

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