Saint Joseph Church

Saint Joseph Church (HM70W)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19801 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.714', W 75° 32.739'

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The cradle of African-American Catholicism in Delaware, St. Joseph Church was organized in 1889 by Father John A. DeRuyter of the Josephites. Services were first held in the basement of St. Mary's Church on 6th and Pine Streets. Incorporated as St. Joseph's Society for Colored Missions on March 4, 1890, the first church structure was dedicated in October of the same year. During the next few years, Father DeRuyter expanded the church's role in the community to include an orphanage, a school and a free dispensary. One of the school's most prominent students was State Senator Herman M. Holloway, Sr., the first African-American to serve in the Delaware State Senate.
HM NumberHM70W
Marker NumberNC-94
Year Placed1995
Placed ByDelaware State Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 453250 N 4399623
Decimal Degrees39.74523333, -75.54565000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.714', W 75° 32.739'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 42.84" N, 75° 32' 44.34" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1012 N French St, Wilmington DE 19801, US
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