Historic Markers Across Tennessee

St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Location: 155 Market Street, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 09.071    W 090° 02.870
  35.15118333    -90.04783333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNM6X


Parish founded in 1852 by German Catholics desiring ministry in their native tongue. Cornerstone laid 30 September 1864 at this site while Union soldiers fired a salute. Second oldest Catholic Church in Memphis. Designed by noted architect James B. Cook (1826-1909) F.A.I.A., dedicated 30 October 1870. Third Order of Franciscans O.F.M. headquarters established here 1870; monastery added 1871. Lourdes Shrine, built 1875 and blessed 1895 by Pope Leo XIII, only Catholic Grotto in Tennessee. Entered 7 August 1974 in National Register of Historic Places of National Park Service.

-West Tennessee Historical Society

Dedicated in loving memory to those who have served as well the spiritual needs of the Citizens of Memphis. Friends of St. Mary's"

West Tennessee Historical Society and Friends of St. Mary's