Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Saint Joseph Catholic Church (HMG18)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.975', W 77° 26.203'

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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.
HM NumberHMG18
Marker NumberSA 79
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284744 N 4158632
Decimal Degrees37.54958333, -77.43671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.975', W 77° 26.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 58.50" N, 77° 26' 12.18" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-799 N 1st St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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