Black History Month: Knights of Peter Claver – St Elizabeth’s Branch, St Louis, MO

During November, which is Black Catholic History Month, I wrote about the Knights of Peter Claver.  A few days ago, I came across this badge from St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in St Louis.  St Elizabeth’s was a parish established especially for black Catholics by Fr. John Markoe and his brother, Fr. William Markoe, both Jesuits, during the term of Archbishop Cardinal Glennon.  St Elizabeth’s became one of the most prominent churches in St Louis.

The original St Elizabeth’s Church was closed several years ago and should not be confused with the current parish, St Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist.

The Peter Claver badge on this badge belonged to Joseph Perry Micheau (1888-1975).  When I found it, it was in an envelope in which it may have originally been obtained by Joseph Micheau.  The envelope itself has a connection to St Louis history; see the next post.

Craig


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