Did You Know 5
Did you know with the demise of the high school and the coming of the interstate, the city’s “colored” settlement
was torn in half? Many families were forced to move, but the distance and destruction the their school didn’t
daunt most parishioners. They continued to attend mass in the little brick church, and raised enough money
to construct a new elementary school in 1963. But while Fr George Wilson and the people rejoiced over the new
school, they were saddened about their church. The pile drivers and heavy machinery used for the Interstate construction had badly damaged the old structure. There was no money for repair.