The Bible in Mercer Tile
Salem’s most distinguishing artistic feature is the stunning arrangement of Mercer Tiles adorning the sanctuary altar. The tiles were a gift to Salem of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), eminent archeologist, artifact collector, tile-maker, designer, and founder of the Doylestown’s famed Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, now part of a National Historic Landmark District including the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle.
In 1929, Mercer personally designed the layout of the tiles for Salem’s altar and supervised their installation. The panel, Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan is the only one of its kind in the world. In the words of a former Salem pastor, the Mercer Tiles “…were placed on our walls…for the enjoyment and instruction of future generations.”
The Mercer Tiles may be viewed before or after Sunday services, or during the week by appointment. An informative, interpretive "Tile Talk" with an art historian is available for small groups by appointment. To arrange a viewing, contact the Salem office at 215-348-9860, or by email.