Abstract

Archaeological and historical research on the obliterated graveyard at the St. Philips African American Moravian church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has shed light on changing Moravian perceptions of themselves and others. The discovery came through notice of inconsistencies in translations of early Moravian records. Changes in Moravian culture and theology explain part of this variability. Other interpretive variations appear to be unfounded overlays of twentieth-century racial perceptions on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Moravian culture.

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