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St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church

Mother Church of Black Catholics in Georgia

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. In May 1874 two Benedictine priests arrived in Savannah to work with the city's African- American community, and constructed a church four blocks north of here. In 1889 a new building was constructed at this site. The Society of African Missions staffed the parish from 1907 to 1968. Staffed by Franciscan Sisters, St. Benedict's day school operated from 1907 until closure in 1969 due to integration. The school's alumni include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The sisters also staffed the orphange established by Mother Matilda Beasley, the first African- American woman in Georgia to belong to a religious order. The current building was constructed in 1949.
 
Erected 2008 by Georgia Historical Society and Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Marker Number 25-30.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.12′ N, 81° 5.285′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East Broad Street near East Gordon Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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By Mike Stroud, January 20, 2009
2. St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church and Marker
of this marker. Beach Institute (approx. mile away); "Jingle Bells" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Massie Common School House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Centennial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Capture of Savannah December 29, 1778 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Johnny Mercer (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Mother Matilda Beasley, O.S.F. Marker.
 
Also see . . .  From Wikipedia, Clarence Thomas. (Submitted on January 30, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church
St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
4. St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church
 
 
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