St Augustine Church

Shake the Devil Off - Documentary

Activists, some say Anarchists, occupied this church when the parishioners were locked out by the church and held the space long enough to draw major media attention to the situation.  The church reamains opperational.   I'm very proud to have played my part in this drama.

There is another film currently being produced about this "occupation"
but Shake the Devil Off seems to have done a really good job of putting all into historical context.

History of St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church, built by free black people with slave labour in 1841, was the first place of worship where slaves, free people of color and whites sat side by side in prayer. It is a highly significant symbol for the African-American community in America.

Saint Augustine 1870

Saint Augustine church - New Orleans, Louisiana, 1870

St. Augustine Church Take Over

Capitalism & Racism in Religion
http://www.staugustinecatholicchurch-neworleans.org

Several people occupied St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Treme area of New Orleans, for nearly 2 weeks to draw attention to the unjust treatment this Parrish received from the archdiocese in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

This church is historic; this occupation will be history some day.

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Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton & The Treme Brass Band

In front of the activist occupied Historic St Augustine Church, a key stop on the underground railroad and home of the tomb of the unknown slave.

Activists occupied the church long enough to bring national media exposure to the injustice being done to the Treme community.  Their church was not damaged in the hurricane but the Catholic Church wanted to close it anyway...  more about that here

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