Grand Opening Celebration

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We had a fantastic crowd for our Grand Opening of the “St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children” that took place on Saturday, April 30.

This special building will serve the community as an educational venue that will illustrate the historic aspects of this one-room schoolhouse and others like it that are now gone; tell the fascinating story of the French Catholic Sisters who came to America in 1866 to serve; and honor African-American families and children in the area who had a hunger for learning that surpassed all challenges put before them.

Below are some pictures from our celebration. Please check out our Facebook page for more!


We had over 500 people join us on April 30th for the Grand Opening!


New bench in memory of COJ employee and lead staff person on the schoolhouse relocation to Walter Jones Park – Amy Ver Beek Brown


Hope Ferrigno and Sam Burney (both of Mr. Burney’s parents attended this school).


Rev. Moseley and Cultural Council Executive Director Tony Allegretti



Sister Thomas Joseph, SSJ


Sister Thomas Joseph with Matt Schellenberg