Mother Church of Black Catholics in GeorgiaIn 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Historical Society and Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:33pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 491686 N 3548050|
|Decimal Degrees||32.06866667, -81.08808333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 4.12', W 81° 5.285'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 4' 7.20" N, 81° 5' 17.10" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||478, 912|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 546 E Gaston St, Savannah GA 31401, US|
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