St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church

St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church (HMA8D)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.12', W 81° 5.285'

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Mother Church of Black Catholics in Georgia

In May 1874 two Benedictine priests arrivedin Savannah to work with the city's African-American community, and constructed achurch four blocks north of here. In 1889a new building was constructed at this site.The Society of African Missions staffedthe parish from 1907 to 1968. Staffed byFranciscan Sisters, St. Benedict's dayschool operated from 1907 until closure in1969 due to integration. The school's alumniinclude U.S. Supreme Court JusticeClarence Thomas. The sisters also staffedthe orphange established by MotherMatilda Beasley, the first African- Americanwoman in Georgia to belong to a religiousorder. The current building was constructed in 1949.
HM NumberHMA8D
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number25-30
Year Placed2008
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society and Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores Inc
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491686 N 3548050
Decimal Degrees32.06866667, -81.08808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.12', W 81° 5.285'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 7.20" N, 81° 5' 17.10" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 546 E Gaston St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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