Historic Markers Across Alabama

Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church

Marker ID: AAHT 29
Location: 304 Sengstak St, Mobile, AL
County: Mobile
Coordinates: N 30° 41.751    W 088° 3.188
  30.69585    -88.05313333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church

Organized in 1899 as St. Anthony's Mission by Creoles of African descent. By 1901, Josephite priests Revs. Joseph St. Laurent and Louis Pastorelli had established a small school. The present church was completed in 1908 and dedicated as Most Pure Heart of Mary honoring the Blessed Mother. The parish and school were spiritual beacons during the civil rights movement hosting meetings for the Neighborhood Organized Workers-NOW. Diocesan priests and nuns participated in boycotts and marches in support of the black community. The parish continues as a spiritual home for Mobile's black Catholics.

The African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile.

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