St. Augustine (East St. Louis) Catholic Mission
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This mission church is in the Diocese of Belleville of Southern Illinois and it dates from 1921. That year, Rev. Peter Harrington, S.M.A., of the African Missionary Fathers and much loved by his congregation – was appointed to oversee St. Augustine Mission. His associates until 1928 were Rev. Taylor and Fr. Crawford (formerly of Liberia, West Africa). Later assistants were the Revs. James Stanley, John Hayes, and C. J. Murphy.
The Mission Church opened in the old Obert Brewing Company building at 14th and Broadway, purchased in 1921. By 1939 about 400 congregants belonged to the Mission. The boundaries were that of East St. Louis and “outlying Negro communities” of Fireworks Station, Golden Gardens, Lovejoy, East Carondelet, and Rush City.
A kindergarten began in 1922, adding a grade each year. In 1928 the school reported 184 pupils and graduated seven – the first graduation for this school.
The Mission was closed in 1960 when segregation came to an end.
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Belleville Diocesan Review for 1928, The Messenger (supplement). Belleville, Ill.: Buechler Printing Company. .
Belleville Diocesan Review for 1988, The Messenger (supplement). Belleville, Ill.: Buechler Printing Company.  p. 132
Burnett, Betty. A Time of Favor. The Patrice Press: St. Louis, Mo.: 1987.
Goelz, Rt. Rev. Msgr. C. General History of the Diocese of Belleville. Belleville, Ill.: Messenger Press. 1939 [also known as 50 Golden Years.]
The Messenger: Catholic Newspaper of the Diocese of Belleville: Commemorating Our Time of Favor, April 24, 1988. 1988.
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