This week’s Hidden Catholic Collection is the Selma, Alabama Collection in the Sisters of St. Joseph Archive in Rochester, NY. It documents the Sisters’ service in Selma from 1940 to the present including work at Good Samaritan Hospital during 1965 voting rights marches.
The Selma Collection contains an extensive collection of photographs, news clippings, annals of the mission at St. Elizabeth’s Parish, records of the Good Samaritan Hospital, histories, correspondence, and oral histories. Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020) was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital after being beaten on Bloody Sunday, when Alabama police officers and county residents assaulted marchers. When Sisters took over Good Samaritan in 1944 for Edmundite Fathers, it was the only health care facility in the region that would accept Black patients.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester
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Rochester, NY 14618