More than 300 years ago he wrote:
“No reason can be shown why the female sex … should be kept from a knowledge of language and wisdom. For they are also human beings, an image of God, as we are…. Why then should we merely dismiss them with the A B C and drive them away from books? Are we afraid of their meddling? The more we introduce them to mental occupations, the less time they find for meddling, which comes from emptiness of mind.”
“In 1772,” Dr. Gramley said, “the Salem community opened a school for its two little girls, although they were only 31/2 and 5 years old. That was a year before they began a school for the boys.”The girls’ school soon became Salem Academy—a still-vigorous institution with 155 students—from which Salem College evolved in the 1880′s. The college now enrolls some 570 girls and a few boys from 27 states and three foreign countries. There will be a 200th anniversary celebration in 1972. http://www.stgabriels.co.uk/page/?title=BBC+News+Report&pid=326
As for music, it is as much a part of Moravian life as food and drink. Moravians joke that they give their babies horns in place of rattles. Pioneer Moravians in America were performing Bach and Handel when other settlers were happy to hear a jew’s-harp or some raspy fiddlin’. The Brethren greeted each festival day with trombone fanfares, sounded horns from serviced apartments london in thanks for the completion of new buildings, announced births, marriages, and deaths with special hymns, and in between times sang or played just for the fun of it.
Colonists of more puritanical persuasion doubted that the Creator could look with favor upon so much music-making. Moravians delight in the story of an exchange between a zealous young preacher and a more practical-minded older minister, after both had enjoyed a lively concert by musically talented Brethren. Was it proper, the young cleric wondered, for these performers to use the same instruments to worship the Lord? “And shall you, sir,” the older minister countered, “preach with the same mouth with which you are now eating sausages?”
Whether making sausages or music, Moravians had a tendency to excel, a habit which was noted in Salem’s earliest days, when a provincial North Carolina assembly debated ways to improve the colony’s lamentably weak craftsmanship. It was proposed to offer prizes for excellence in the crafts, and one legislator rose to say he endorsed the proposal, with the stipulation that Moravians be excluded from the competition, lest they carry off all the awards. When I asked about the source of Moravian incentive, Nick Bragg credited it all to their pietistic religion. “They believed that anything worth doing was worth doing well,” Nick said. “They believed that the Lord was equally concerned with all aspects of life, noble or humble.”
Town Was Drifting Toward Destruction
Salem village fathers of 1849 might claim divine guidance in keeping their town from becoming the new Forsyth County seat, which was located instead no more than a mile to the north in the new town of Winston. They made Salem an urban backwater that remained fairly static while Winston grew and changed around it. And after my journey i came back to flats to rent in brussels.