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Lutherans retrace ancestors' footsteps

About 75 Lutherans of African and European descent dug into the history of black involvement with Lutheranism May 16-19 at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church and New Ebenezer Family Retreat and Conference Center, both in Rincon, Ga. Participants visited sites where free African-Americans worked with early settlers from Salzburg, Germany.

Led by Henry Morgan, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Savannah, Ga., and a Salzburger Society official, participants walked through the expanded boundaries of the Salzburger cemetery, including portions that contain remains of 250 African workers, both enslaved and free, who couldn't be buried in other church cemeteries.

In 2012 the Salzburger Society, Jerusalem Lutheran and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Savannah, rededicated this part of the cemetery. Ground-searching radar also discovered remains thought to be those of British and Revolutionary soldiers who fought in the same region.


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