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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saint Joseph Catholic Church

 
 
Saint Joseph Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 6, 2009
1. Saint Joseph Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. In 1884, Bishop John Keane bought this property and established Saint Joseph, making it the first-known Catholic congregation organized for African Americans in Virginia. The original congregation began in the basement of the all-white Saint Peter's Church in 1879, and grew to 50 members. During the years 1904-1968, this site also contained the Franciscan convent, still standing. Saint Mary's; a two-room school for grades K-12, later named Van de Vyver; a parish house; a trade school; and a two-year business college, Van de Vyver Institute. In 1969, the church and the school were formally cloed by Bishop John J. Russell.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 79.)
 
Location. 37° 32.975′ N, 77° 26.203′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North 1st Street and East Duval Street, on the right when traveling north on North 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Jasper (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); A Legacy on Leigh Street
The Original Saint Joseph's Bell image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 6, 2009
2. The Original Saint Joseph's Bell
(about 700 feet away); Quality Row (about 700 feet away); Alfred D. “A.D.” Price (approx. 0.2 miles away); Millerís and Eggleston Hotels (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson Ward (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Many black traditions are victims of desegregation. Richmond-Times Dispatch (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Education
 
Saint Joseph Catholic Church Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 6, 2009
3. Saint Joseph Catholic Church Plaques
Saint Joseph's Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 6, 2009
4. Saint Joseph's Memorial Park
Saint Joseph's Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 6, 2009
5. Saint Joseph's Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 986 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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