St Augustine's Church
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St Augustine's Church information
Open since 1841, ‘St Aug’s’ is the second-oldest African American Catholic church in the country, a place where Creoles, émigrés from St Domingue and free persons of color could worship shoulder to shoulder, even as separate pews were designated for slaves. The future of the church remains in question, so try to visit; more visitors increases the chance of preserving this historic landmark.
Call ahead to see if it’s possible to arrange a visit. Don’t miss the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, fashioned to resemble a grim cross assembled from chain links.