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Ste. Anne Church / Gabriel Richard

 
 
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1. Ste. Anne Church Marker
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Ste. Anne Church
On July 26, 1701, two days after his arrival, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit, built a chapel dedicated to Ste. Anne, patron saint of New France. Father Francois Vaillant, a Jesuit, and Father Nicholas Constantine Delhalle, a Franciscan, were instrumental in the founding of the parish. The church records, which date from 1704, are now the second oldest continuous Roman Catholic parish records in the nation. From 1833 to 1844, Ste. Anne's was the Cathedral Church for the diocese of Michigan and the Northwest. The cornerstone for the present Gothic Revival building, the parish's eighth home was laid in 1886. The handsome structure, designed by parishioner Leon Coquard, displays the oldest stained glass in the city. In the Gabriel Richard Chapel, enclosed in a marble tomb, lie the remains of Father Gabriel Richard.

Gabriel Richard
Father Gabriel Jacques Richard, S.S. (1767-1832)—pastor, educator and public servant—arrived in Detroit in 1798. In 1802 he became the pastor of Ste. Anne Church. He brought a printing press to the area and in 1809 printed
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Michigan’s first newspaper, the Michigan Essay or Impartial Observer. In 1817 Richard and the Reverend John Monteith, a Presbyterian, became the first professors of the University of Michigania, the territory’s pioneer educational establishment. Richard also established schools for girls and for Indian children. From 1823 to 1825 Richard was Michigan Territory’s delegate to the United States Congress. As a delegate, he was instrumental in gaining support for the Territorial Road, which linked Detroit and Chicago, opening Michigan to settlement. He died of cholera on September 13, 1832.
 
Erected 1985 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number S0464.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1880.
 
Location. 42° 19.259′ N, 83° 4.609′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Sainte Anne Street and Howard Street, on the right when traveling north on Sainte Anne Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Sainte Anne St, Detroit MI 48216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gabriel Richard (here, next to this marker); Joseph H. Esterling House
Ste. Anne Church Marker (marker is at lower right). image. Click for full size.
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3. Ste. Anne Church Marker (marker is at lower right).
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Montreal Point in 1782 (approx. 0.8 miles away in Canada); 1748 (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in Canada); Jesuit Mission to the Hurons (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in Canada); Detroit Copper & Brass (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Martin Kundig (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Fort Street Presbyterian Church (approx. 2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  Sainte Anne de Detroit web site. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Ste. Anne Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 2, 2021
4. Ste. Anne Church
Ste. Anne Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 2, 2021
5. Ste. Anne Church
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,469 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.   4, 5. submitted on July 7, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022