Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception / Archdiocese of Mobile
Parish established in 1703 by John-Baptiste del la Croix, Bishop of Québec, while Mobile served as capital of Louisiana. Oldest religious congregation of any denomination in Alabama and the Mississippi River Valley. Rev. Henry Rolleaux, first pastor. Present church, constructed 1835-1850, is third parish church, built by Michael Portier, first Bishop of Mobile (1826-1859). Portico added 1870. Bell Towers 1890. Stained glass windows 1910. Cathedral designated a Minor Basilica by Pope John XXIII in 1962. Crypt Chapel for deceased bishops 1964.
At various times part of the Dioceses of Québec, Santiago (Cuba), and Louisiana and the Floridas. Michael Portier, born in France, first Bishop (1826-1859). Original diocesan territory included all of present day Alabama and Florida. From 1858-1968 included all of Alabama and Florida Panhandle. Diocese established first schools and orphanage in Mobile, and first institution of higher learning in Alabama (Spring Hill College). Named an archdiocese in 1980. Today includes all Catholic parishes in southern 28 counties of Alabama.
Location. 30° 41.418′ N, 88° 2.731′ W. Marker Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 South Claiborne Street, Mobile AL 36602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portier House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wallace Turnage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saenger Theatre (about 600 feet away); Government Street Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); On this Spot Woodrow Wilson Said: (about 600 feet away); 400 Government Street 1860 (about 600 feet away); Nicola Marschall Residence (about 600 feet away); Mobile City Limits (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mobile.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Cathedral. (Submitted on August 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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