Central City in Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Father Albert Braun O.F.M.
Born September 5, 1889 Died March 6, 1983
Father Albert was a young missionary and teacher to the Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico and other tribes in Arizona.
Father Braun was an Army chaplain in World War I and World War II receiving the Purple Heart and two Silver Stars for his heroic service. He was a prisoner of war for 40 months in the Phillipines.
He came to Arizona in 1949 and assisted the poor in McNary, Parker on the Colorado River and St. John's Indian Mission. He was also a teacher at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix.
Discouraged Hispanics in Central Phoenix needed a church and Father Braun told them, "Bring me a brick and together we will build a church." The bricks came and the church was built.
His legacy lives on in the thousands of lives he touched. So revered was he that upon his death, the Mescalero Apaches claimed his body for burial among them.
Two Silver Stars • Purple Heart • Legion of Merit • Arizona Medal of Honor • Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame
Architect: Robert Gomez
Sculptor: Carlos Ayala
Erected by Friends of Father Albert Braun.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Native Americans • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1949.
Location. 33° 26.895′ N, 112° 5.659′ W. Marker is in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. It is in Central City. Marker can be reached from West Adams Street. Located in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, Arizona State Capitol Concourse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 West Adams, Phoenix AZ 85007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Arizona Korean War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jewish War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona's Pioneer Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Navajo Code Talkers (within shouting distance Eusebio Francisco Kino (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenix.
More about this marker. There are three commemorative stones, each accompanied by a tablet at this monument: One from Yarnell, AZ; another from the Philippines; the last from the Mescalero Apache Reservation. They are visible in the background of Father Braun's statue.
Regarding Father Albert Braun O.F.M.. The church built by Father Braun and his Hispanic parishioners still stands in the west flight approach path to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The neighborhood around it was razed for safety as the airport was expanded. The church building is the only remaining building on the block.
Also see . . .
1. Father Albert Braun. Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society entry (Submitted on December 2, 2019.)
2. Braun Sacred Heart Center. Center Website (Submitted on December 2, 2019, by Tony Gutiérrez of Phoenix, Arizona.)
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