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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
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: Well, that was a year, wasn't it? The COVID-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11.
The child president's handling of the pandemic was a series of disastrous missteps and lies, encouraging his minions to not wear masks and dramatically increasing infections and deaths here.The BLM protests started in June, made all the worse by the child president's inability to have any empathy for anyone other than himself. Then of course he tried to steal the election in November. What a year!
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
The farthest distance I traveled after that was about 40 miles. I only visited sites in four states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. That was the least amount of travel I had done since 1995.
Number of photos taken this year: about 246,000, the fewest number of photos I had taken in any year since 2007.
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