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Built in 1847, St. Thomas was Wilmington's first Catholic church and served both black and white parishioners. When St. Mary's Church opened in 1911, the parish divided, and St. Thomas served the African American community. When desegregation came in the 1950s, St. Thomas closed. The church fell into disrepair, and in 1970, the Historic St. Thomas Preservation Society formed to restore the building. Warren discusses the work of Betty Ann Sanders with the preservation society.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 7, Dec 2005, p30-33, il, por Periodical Website
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