Ties to Italy strong at historic Tremé church

Mar 14, 2015 951

by Cheramie Sonnier

Since St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church was established in 1841 in New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood, it has been "a church of the city's free black citizens." But, it also has had some strong Italian connections, said church secretary Linda Harris in explaining why the church hosts an annual St. Joseph's Altar.

"The church has been doing that for many, many years," she said. "Church documents indicate that one point there were many Italians living in the area" of the church at 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. This year's three-tiered altar will be held on St. Joseph Day, Thursday, March 19.

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