Chapter 15 Rejection of the Baptized: Moravians and Slavery

In: Moravian Americans and their Neighbors, 1772-1822
Charles D. Rodenbough
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Moravian missionaries on Antigua had success on the plantation of Francis Farley in the conversion of enslaved laborers. In 1774, a hundred of those enslaved persons, many now Moravian converts, were brought through the Virginia ports to Farley’s 26,000 acre Sauratown Plantation on the Dan River to grow tobacco. The fact that they were less than fifty miles away from the NC Moravian settlements and no effort was made to reach out to them from Wachovia is one of the conundrums related to the Moravian adaptation to the broader community in which they lived post-Revolution.

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