Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
St. Joseph's Mission School
St. Joseph's Mission, church and school, was founded by the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) to serve the African American community of Madison County. In early fall of 1963, twelve white students submitted applications and were accepted for admission. The event is noted not only for the initial integration of elementary schools in Alabama but also for its "reverse” integration nature.
In 1979, St. Joseph's School merged with St. Mary's School and the combined school, named Holy Family School, continues to operate on this site.
"Religion along with education...that's the reason it works."
Rev. Mark Sterbenz, S.D.S. (Pastor. St. Joseph's Mission, 1961-1967)
Erected 1994 by St. Joseph Catholic Community.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Education. A significant historical date for this entry is September 3, 1963.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Beasley Avenue Northwest, Huntsville AL 35816, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo Soldiers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Passenger Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boyhood Home Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Church Street Community (approx. ¾ mile away); World War II - Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) (approx. ¾ mile away); Korean War/1950-1953 (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . . Huntsville's Holy Family Catholic School marks 50th anniversary of integrated classrooms. From the Huntsville Times. Posted March 7, 2019. (Submitted on August 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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