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St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House

 
 
St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
1. St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House Marker
Inscription.
St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House
The church was founded on this site as an Episcopal Mission in 1857 and consecrated on Ascension Day in 1858 by James Otey, the first Bishop of Tennessee. It was designated as the Diocesan Cathedral in 1871 and since 1983 has been the see of the Diocese of West Tenn. The chapel was built in 1887 for the Sisters of St. Mary who established St. Mary's School for Girls here in 1873. The Disocesan House was built in 1902. Construction began in 1898 and was completed in 1926.

St. Mary's Cathedral
This church served as a spiritual and relief center during the 1870's Yellow Fever epidemics when 4 sisters, 2 priests and many lay people gave their lives. They are remembered annually as Martyrs of Memphis. During Civil Rights conflicts in 1968 ministers of all faiths gathered here before processing to City Hall to seek a peaceful resolution.
 
Erected 1993 by St. Mary's Cathedral and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 35° 8.797′ N, 90° 2.212′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Ave. (U.S. 72) and Alabama Avenue, on the right on Poplar Ave.. Touch for map.

St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
2. St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38105, Memphis TN 38105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mallory-Neely House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lowenstein Mansion (approx. mile away); Winchester Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chickasaw Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Poplar Tunes / One-Stop Shop (approx. 0.4 miles away); Memphis City Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral - Memphis, Tennessee. (Submitted on September 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 3, 2015
3. St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House
"Original church building, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis"- St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral image. Click for full size.
4. "Original church building, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis"- St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
From Wikicommons
Sisters of St. Mary Window, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis. image. Click for full size.
By Gary Bridgman, 2007
5. Sisters of St. Mary Window, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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