As the pandemic continues to swirl around us and there is so much sadness from all the Covid-19 deaths, we are confronted with another crisis in our land. The growing protests against racial discrimination and senseless deaths have challenged us all to examine ourselves and our institutions. Our hearts reach out to all who have lost family and friends. Our hearts reach out to those who do not feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods. We at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites respect every individual and celebrate the rich diversity of Bethlehem and the United States. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will not tolerate discrimination or racism in any form.
Bethlehem was founded by the Moravians who were known for their inclusiveness and peacefulness as well as their commitment to education for men and women alike. The Moravians built the Sun Inn to cater to visitors, and during the French and Indian War, Bethlehem took in and protected refugees regardless of their race. In the old Moravian cemetery, God's Acre, the bodies of African, Native American, and European Moravians lie side by side, reminding us today that we share a common humanity.
As Bethlehem works toward becoming a World Heritage site, we are reminded that we are part of a world-wide community of diversity - in race, faith, and heritage. We want all people on the streets of our cities and around the world to be respected and valued as human beings. Like the founders of Bethlehem, we stand opposed to injustice and abuse. The Moravian motto is “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things love”. In these times of physical and emotional distress, we must reach out and love our neighbors – all of them. All are welcome at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.
The Board of Trustees of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites