New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old St. Rita Colored Mission Church
Erected 2008 by the Black Heritage Festival of New Smyrna, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-632.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 29° 1.484′ N, 80° 55.975′ W. Marker is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on North Duss Street south of Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north. The marker stands directly in front of the historic building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 North Duss Street, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Connor Library (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Andrew Turnbull (approx. 0.6 miles away); To the Past... (approx. 0.6 miles away); New Smyrna Museum Of History (approx. 0.6 miles away); Emory L. Bennett Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Sheldon's New Smyrna Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1768 British Colony of New Smyrna (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Smyrna Beach.
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the Florida Historical Marker Program logo.
Regarding Old St. Rita Colored Mission Church.
As the Black Heritage Museum, the building is a Designated Local Landmark of the City of New Smyrna Beach, and a plaque on the building notes its additional status as a Historic Property by the city. The city's Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award was conferred upon the building in 2006.
The museum was renamed the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, in honor of its founder, in 2012.
Also see . . . St. Rita's Colored Catholic Mission page on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 13, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Segregation
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 13, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.