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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church - 60-10 - Fulton Co, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 33° 45.295 W 084° 22.329
16S E 743403 N 3738084
Quick Description: Atlanta’s First African-American Catholic Church. Located at the entrance to the churches parking lot, 25 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 11/14/2014 11:02:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMMWC7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Atlanta’s First African-American Catholic Church


Our Lady of Lourdes was established in November 1912 by Father Ignatius Lissner as the first African-American Catholic church in Atlanta. Father Lissner received funding for the church and parish school from Mother Katharine Drexel, a Pennsylvania heiress who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS), an order established to serve and support African and Native Americans. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Lourdes parishioners, including SBS nuns, participated in protest activities as part of the Old Fourth Ward community. The SBS staffed Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School until 1974. The school closed in 2001 when the Archdiocese of Atlanta could no longer provide funding. The building is now the Katharine Drexel Community Center.

2013.5 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. 60-10
Type of Marker: Building

Marker #: GHS 60-10

Date: 11-24-2013

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Society and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

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