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!

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

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

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

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Rev. Moseley and Cultural Council Executive Director Tony Allegretti

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Sister Thomas Joseph, SSJ

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Sister Thomas Joseph with Matt Schellenberg