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STAUG_200531_13.JPG: We miss you
St. Augustine Faith Family!
We are grateful for your service & sacrifice!
STAUG_200531_23.JPG: African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church
1425 V Street, NW
St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church began in 1858 when African American congregants of the St. Matthew's Church departed to organize their own day school. The group raised funds -- even held an event on the White House lawn -- and eventually constructed a school and a chapel on 15th Street, north of L Street. Opening in 1866, the Blessed Martin de Porres School and Chapel soon became the center of a separate black parish, St. Augustine's. In 1961 the church merged with the predominantly white St. Paul's Church at this corner to form Saints Paul and Augustine Church. Twenty-one years later, the church returned to the name St. Augustine's.
STAUG_200531_27.JPG: All Weekend Masses Cancelled
Sunday Mass will be live-streamed 11am on the Parish website
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Wikipedia Description: St. Augustine Catholic Church (Washington, D.C.)
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St. Augustine Parish in Washington, D.C. is a Roman Catholic parish consisting of St. Augustine Catholic Church; the parish also administers St. Augustine Catholic School, located in its same building.
Because of Jim Crow laws in the 1850s, emancipated black Catholic attendees of St. Matthew's Cathedral on Rhode Island Avenue were segregated and relegated to worship in the basement of the church.
In 1858, the group of emancipated black Catholics founded Saint Martin de Porres Church; its original location was 15th Street NW near L Street (Washington, D.C.. This was the first school for black children in Washington D.C. It was inaugurated five years before Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 in the United States of America, when education of black children started to be mandatory.
It was originally named Saint Martin de Porres church, in honor of Peruvian Dominican father Saint Martin de Porres, who was the American first mulatto saint. It became the first Black Catholic parish in Washington D.C. and was the first education center for Black children in Washington D.C.
Saint Martin de Porres Church
On July 4, 1864, their group raised building funds at the "strawberry festival" on the White House grounds, hosted by Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln.
Saint Augustine Catholic Church
In 1876 the church building was inaugurated and re-dedicated to Saint Augustine, a Roman African Christian theologian. The parish has continuously served a primarily Black middle-class community of professionals, it was a 60-foot building with two Gothic spires, and seating for 2500 people.
In 1946 the church was sold for $300,000 and the last mass was held in its original building on Christmas of 1947. If was demolished in 1948, 75 years after its inauguration. The site became the location of the Washington Post newspaper, and remained the Post's home until ...More...
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.