New Salem Baptist Church - Sevierville, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 35° 51.545 W 083° 33.228
17S E 269399 N 3971330
Quick Description: Oldest surviving building in Sevierville's. Also Sevier County's oldest brick church and only historic African-American church.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 3/29/2011 2:58:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMB384
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Historical Marker Text:
Isaac Dockery, an African-American artisan, along with African-American families of Sevierville, built New Salem Baptist Church in 1886. It is Sevierville's oldest surviving building and the county's oldest brick church and only historic African-American church. Built as an Union Church for African-American congregations of all religious beliefs, its name was changed in 1897, when it became New Salem Baptist Church. On July 24, 2003, the church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. An important part of the community's 19th century heritage, it is still used today.

No NRHP plaque displayed.

While the church is listed as being still active, the primary functions are for annual reunions of historical families.
Street address:
601 Eastgate Rd
Sevierville, TN USA

County / Borough / Parish: Sevier County

Year listed: 2003

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949, 1950-1974

Historic function: Recreation And Culture, Religion

Current function: Religion

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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