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The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission will observe Historic Preservation Month in May by unveiling a local historic marker at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, the first African-American cemetery in Winston-Salem, and holding an awareness campaign about local cemeteries and graveyards.

The marker will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at 2881 Shorefair Drive in Winston-Salem. The Odd Fellows Cemetery is one of Winston-Salem's most significant African-American historic resources. It is believed to have started in 1911 by two African-American fraternal organizations, the Twin City Lodge and the Winston Star Lodge, and may contain as many as 10,000 graves.

Also during Historic Preservation Month, the commission is sponsoring a series of free lunch-time lectures on these topics:

  • May 5: African-American Graves in Salem and Wachovia.
  • May 19: Hand-Cut Grave Markers: How did they do it? Early North Carolina Examples, Demonstration, and Hands-on Instruction.
  • May 26: From the Roaring Twenties to the Space Age: Winston-Salem's Mid-Twentieth-Century Architecture.

All lectures will be held at noon in the James A. Gray auditorium of the Old Salem Visitor Center. Parking is available at the center and visitors are welcome to bring their lunch.
Also during Historic Preservation Month, the commission is sponsoring two other free educational opportunities:

  • May 20: Documenting African-American Cemeteries, Procedures and Particulars at Brooks Cemetery, located on the east side of Piney Grove Road between Piney Grove Elementary School and Warren Road.
  • May 27: Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Work Shop, to be held at Central Terrace Methodist Church, 3 East Devonshire St.

See the Historic Preservation Month web page for more event listings and more information on Historic Preservation Month.


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