“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler
1. St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. Parish founded in 1852 by German Catholics desiring ministry in their native tongue. Cornerstone laid 30 Sept. 1864 at this site while Union soldiers fired a salute. Second oldest Catholic church in Memphis. Designed by noted architect James B. Cook (1826-1909) F.A.I.A., dedicated 30 Oct. 1870. Third Order of Franciscans O.F.M. headquarters established here 1870; monastery added 1871. Lourdes Shrine, built 1875 and blessed 1895 by Pope Leo XIII, only Catholic Grotto in Tennessee. Entered 7 August 1974 in National Register of Historic Places of National Park Service.

Dedicated in loving memory to those who have served so well the spiritual needs of the Citizens of Memphis.
Erected by West Tennessee Historical Society and Friends of St. Mary's.
Location. 35° 9.076′ N, 90° 2.86′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of North Third Street and Market Street, on the right when traveling south on North Third Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lauderdale Courts / Presley Family at Lauderdale Courts (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congregation B'Nai Israel

St. Mary's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, August 11, 2015
2. St. Mary's Catholic Church
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Josiah T. Settle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Former Criminal Courts Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casey Jones (approx. mile away); Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse (approx. mile away); St. Peter Catholic Church (approx. mile away); Shelby County Courthouse (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. Churches, Etc.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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