Historic Markers Across Tennessee

New Salem Baptist Church

Marker ID: THC 1C 86
Location: On Eastgate Road near McHahan Ave., Sevierville, TN 
County: Sevier
Coordinates: N 35° 51.545    W 083° 33.228
  35.85908333    -83.5538
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMB37V


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.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission