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In Baltimore, the first Catholic Church exclusively for the use of African-Americans is dedicated

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Baltimore, Maryland, September 1936
02/21/1864
In a church purchased from the Universialists, the Baltimore diocese was able to open the first parish church in the city, and possibly in the United States, exclusively for the use of African-Americans. Previously, all black Catholics had worshiped in existing church basements in off hours.  St. Francis Xavier was dedicated at Calvert and Pleasant Streets in the city and remains in operation today in different premises.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Harold McDougall, Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community (Philadelphia, PA: Temple Univeristy Press, 1993), 27.  

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