Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Frame structure with Greek Revival influence was built for the Black Catholic families of Marksville and staffed by the Holy Ghost Fathers. Rev. Fr. T.J. Nolan was the first pastor and this church was built by Rev. Fr. John Cooney.
Erected by City Of Marksville.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Louisiana, Marksville Historical Markers Driving Tour series list.
Location. 31° 7.413′ N, 92° 3.778′ W. Marker is in Marksville, Louisiana, in Avoyelles Parish. Marker is on South Preston Street (State Highway 452) near East Mark Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 S Preston Street, Marksville LA 71351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Holy Ghost Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Ghost Catholic School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congregational First Baptist Church Marksville "Colored" School Site (about 600 feet away); Presentation Convent Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); Marksville Masonic Lodge Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Lewis P. Roy, Sr. Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Presentation Academy (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marksville.
Regarding Holy Ghost Catholic Church. From the Historical Markers of Marksville booklet..."Prior to that, black Catholics had attended St. Joseph Church. The church until recent times was staffed by Holy Ghost Fathers, an order of priests who worked in predominantly black parishes..."
Historical Markers of Marksville. Pages 26-27. City of Marksville, publisher.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2018.