Yesterday: Wootten postcard shot of St. John’s Lutheran Church

  • Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 1:18 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 1:20 a.m.

Local photographer Wayne Wrights provided this early postcard photograph of St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at the corner of West Innes and North Church streets in Salisbury, next to the Confederate statue. The postcard, which was part of his parents’ collection, is one taken by noted photographer Bayard Wootten, who lived from 1875 to 1959. She was a trailblazer for women professional photographers in the South. Wootten was an accomplished architectural and landscape photographer, but a 1998 book about her says some of her most notable images were portraits of black and white Americans in poverty. She depended on commercial photography to pay her bills, and this postcard image of St. John’s Lutheran probably was taken in the 1930s. St. John’s Lutheran was founded in 1747. The first worship service in the 900-seat sanctuary building pictured here was held Jan. 2, 1927.

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