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Reserve in St John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary

 
 
First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
July 9, 2015
1. First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary Marker
Inscription. Formerly, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, this sanctuary represents an importatn historical phenomenon in the history of the Catholic Church in southern Louisiana, the formation of seperate churches for black parishioners. Prior to its founding, black Catholics in the area worshiped at St. Peter's Church where they were segregated from white parishioners in worship and parish social life. With the support of the Josephites, Sisters of the Holy Family and Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Grace Parish Church was dedicated on June 13, 1937 as a place of worship where black Catholics in the Reserve area could now participate fully in their church. The Rev. Roderick Auclair served as the first pastor. According to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Our Lady of Grace Parish is the only historically black Catholic parish to survive outside the city. In 1991 a new church sanctuary was built and following the advice of Rev. Robert Sullivan, the Archdiocese donated the original sanctuary to Riverlands Christian Center Church who moved it to its present location. The move saved the church from demolition and preserved it as a symbol of American history representing a people of prayer, struggle and pride.
 
Erected by Riverlands Christian Center Church Family.
 
Location.
First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary image. Click for full size.
July 9, 2015
2. First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary
30° 4.445′ N, 90° 33.367′ W. Marker is in Reserve, Louisiana, in St John the Baptist Parish. Marker is on Redemption Way east of Northwest 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Redemption Way, Reserve LA 70084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maurin's Theater (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. John The Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 2 miles away); Saint John The Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Caroline Deslonde Beauregard (approx. 2 miles away); Graugnard House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Civil War Cannon (approx. 3.4 miles away); Laplace (approx. 3.4 miles away); A. Montz (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Reserve.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
 
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