Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace
Via Madonna delle Grazie, 8, 66050 Monteodorisio CH, Italy
About Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace Historic Sanctuary, in the city of Reserve, was the only Catholic Church in its area that served African American parishioners exclusively when it was built in the 1930s. This 80-by-40 square foot, 350-person capacity church, was built exclusively for African Americans in 1936 under the direction of Father Roderick Auclair with the help of the local community. It soon gained another structure for providing Catholic schooling for black children.
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