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Father Maurice with children
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Fri Oct 19 10:14 AM
by Maury York
Father Maurice Tew came to Greenville from West Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1935 to assist the priest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Charged with the responsibility of ministering to African Americans in the city, Father Maurice spearheaded the construction of a mission church on West Fifth Street. Named in honor of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, the church was dedicated on March 1, 1936. In 1956 the church built a school for African American children. The nuns who taught the eight grades lived in a convent across the street. Of the 170 students who enrolled in the school initially, most were not members of the Catholic Church. A man with good sense of humor, Father Maurice endeared himself to many, as this photograph would indicate. He employed both radio and television broadcasts as a means of outreach to the broader community. (Source: Greenville Times, June 26-July 9, 1991).
Thu Mar 19 12:00 AM
by Michael Garrett
Pictured to the left of Father Maurice is Carolyn Glover, sister-in-law of current Greenville City Council Member, Rose Glover. The smaller boy to his right if William "Little Bill" Brown who died in 2008. Directly behind him is his older brother known as "Dusty" Brown. beside him is Robert Anderson, who still reside in Greenville. The last name of the girl on the right is Sparkman.They were all students at Saint Gabriel Catholic School. "Little Bill" was an active member of St. Gabriel throughout his life.
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Father Maurice Tew, a priest at St. Gabriel's Church, talking with children. Dates from negative sleeve.
Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.)
January 04 , 1961 - January 05 , 1961
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