Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Detroit

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Detroit

The Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Convent and Rectory is a Roman Catholic church located at 1000 Eliot Street in Detroit. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1975 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Sacred Heart, built in 1875, was the third German Roman Catholic church constructed in Detroit. The parish was founded to serve the German members of the Detroit community, not only with the church itself, but also with its primary and secondary schools. The church continued as a primarily German parish until after World War I, when large numbers of blacks moved into Detroit and settled along Hastings Street. The German population slowly moved out at this time.

In 1911, some of the newer black residents of the Catholic faith established a chapel at old St. Mary's. In 1914, the growing congregation moved to a converted Episcopalian church at Eliot and Beaubien. The church flourished, and in the late 1930s, the congregation petitioned to move to the nearby Sacred Heart, due in part to the school building on the site. In 1938, Sacred Heart was converted from a German parish to an African American parish. The congregation at this time measured approximately 1500 members, and they quickly utilized the school at Sacred Heart, graduating the first high school class in 1945.

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Sight Name: Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Sight Location: Detroit, USA
Sight Type: Religious
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