City of St. Jude - Montgomery, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hoteltwo
N 32° 21.094 W 086° 19.627
16S E 563314 N 3579604
Quick Description: Built as "the City of St. Jude" by Father Harold Purcell for the advancement of the Negro people. Was a campground for the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 1/3/2014 6:16:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMJVK2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
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Founded by Father Harold Purcell in the 1930s, the City of St. Jude included church, school, medical facilities, social center and rectory. Its mission was to provide spiritual, educational, social and health services for Montgomery's black citizens. Distinguished for its Romanesque architecture and landscaping, site was designed by architects William Calham and Joseph Maschi. Leading the way in nondiscriminatory health care, the institution helped organize the county's first prenatal care program, school of practical nursing and first drug and alcohol treatment center in the state. In 1953 it provided primary polio treatment. Hospital closed, 1985; church and school continue to serve the community in the spirit as that of its founder.
Marker Name: City of St. Jude

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Erected by the Alabama Historical Association.

Date Dedicated / Placed: 1997

Marker Number: Not Listed

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