The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society and Mandarin Community Club is proud to honor Black History Month by presenting the story of the courageous Sisters of St. Joseph. Eight Sisters from France were asked by the Bishop of St. Augustine, Bishop Augustin Perot, to fulfill a very special mission. They accepted their call and came to Mandarin to teach, and thus starts the story of the recently saved 1889 schoolhouse and why it came to be built.
The quarterly lectures are presented in partnership with the Mandarin Community Club to educate the public about historical figures, general history and events in and around Mandarin.
The February event will feature information about the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to bring education specifically to the African-American children in the area who had been recently freed from slavery. The mission actually began in 1866, with the one-room schoolhouse building built for them in 1889. The story of these women of faith is one you will not want to miss.
The speaker is Sister Thomas Joseph McGoldrick who wrote the authoritative book, Beyond the Call – The Legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, Florida.
She will discuss the history of this important mission in our post Civil War community.
Her book will be offered for sale at the event. Sister Thomas Joseph lives in St. Augustine and serves the O'Reilly House Museum. This historic house was the original convent for the sisters in St. Augustine.
The program will be presented on Thursday, February 19 at the Mandarin Community Club, which is located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Refreshments are at 6:30 PM with the presentation at 7:00 PM. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.
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