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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saint Joseph Church

 
 
Saint Joseph Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Saint Joseph Church Marker
Inscription. The cradle of African-American Catholicism in Delaware, St. Joseph Church was organized in 1889 by Father John A. DeRuyter of the Josephites. Services were first held in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on 6th and Pine Streets. Incorporated as St. Joseph’s Society for Colored Missions on March 4, 1890, the first church structure was dedicated in October of the same year. During the next few years, Father DeRuyter expanded the church’s role in the community to include an orphanage, a school and a free dispensary. One of the school’s most prominent students was State Senator Herman M. Holloway, Sr., the first African-American to serve in the Delaware State Senate.
 
Erected 1995 by Delaware State Archives. (Marker Number NC-94.)
 
Location. 39° 44.714′ N, 75° 32.739′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on French Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is between 10th and 11th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walnut Street YMCA (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Knotty Pine Restaurant (about 500 feet away);
Saint Joseph Church image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Saint Joseph Church
Caesar Rodney Monument (about 500 feet away); Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louis L. Redding City County Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard High School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,271 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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