Reserve in Saint John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary
Formerly, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, this sanctuary represents an important historical phenomenon in the history of the Catholic Church in southern Louisiana, the formation of separate churches for black parishioners. Prior to its founding, black Catholics in the area worshiped at St. Peter's Church where they were segregated from white parishioners in worship and parish social life. With the support of the Josephites, Sisters of the Holy Family and Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Grace Parish Church was dedicated on June 13, 1937 as a place of worship where black Catholics in the Reserve area could now participate fully in their church. The Rev. Roderick Auclair served as the first pastor. According to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Our Lady of Grace Parish is the only historically black Catholic parish to survive outside the city. In 1991 a new church sanctuary was built and following the advice of Rev. Robert Sullivan, the Archdiocese donated the original sanctuary to Riverlands Christian Center Church who moved it to its present location. The move saved the church from demolition and preserved it as a symbol of American history representing a people of prayer, struggle and pride.
July 9, 2015
1. First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary Marker
Erected by Riverlands Christian Center Church Family.
30° 4.445′ N, 90° 33.367′ W. Marker is in Reserve, Louisiana, in Saint John the Baptist Parish. Marker is on Redemption Way east of Northwest 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Redemption Way, Reserve LA 70084, United States of America.
July 9, 2015
2. First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maurin's Theater (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. John The Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 2 miles away); Saint John The Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Caroline Deslonde Beauregard (approx. 2 miles away); Graugnard House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Civil War Cannon (approx. 3.4 miles away); Laplace (approx. 3.4 miles away); A. Montz (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reserve.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2015. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.