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Saint Joseph Catholic Church

N 1st St, Richmond, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 32' 58.3944", -77° 26' 11.9148"
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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 closed by Bishop John J. Russell.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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