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Lauderdale Co Mississippi
Meditation Garden & Church History





There are two photos.
One of the church and one of the garden.
They are located in the same area.
Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Ms.

I have listed the dedications that go with the Meditation Garden.
There is church and school history there too.
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the
door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7

The Meditation Garden
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Dedicated March 18, 2001


Seek God’s will in Meditative Prayer.
The Meditation Garden is constructed with original Mount St. Joseph
Colored Church and School building bricks. 1910 - 1998
( Mount St. Joseph colored school Sept. 18, 1910)

Mother Katherine Drexel (now a saint) donated original building funds.
Antique stones fro the columns donated by the Bailey Family.

The following markers have been placed in the brick wall of Garden.

  • Rev. John Kersten
    Pastor 1978 - 1995

  • Rev. Arthur c. Winters
    First African American Pastor
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    1970 - 1978

  • James Chaney
    Member/Alter Boy
    Civil Rights Worker

  • Myrtle W. Webster
    1918 - 1998
    10th Ave Websters

  • Andrew Leon Websters
    1915 - 1996
    10th Ave. Websters

  • Sadie R. Crowther
    and
    Barbara Dean

  • Walterine Smith
    1931 - 1992

  • The Mosleys
    Ed, Adrian, E. Royce, Justin and Victoria
    Established 1977

  • Mary Louise Carr
    and
    Alex Charles Goodman
    and
    Lula Bell Mannery Goodman
    Grandparents of
    Kendra Lashae Carr

  • In Honor of Annie F. Lewis Tureaud Ramey
    St. Joseph class of 1946
    Xavier University class of 1949
    Jackson State College 1972
    From her children; Carol, Edward, Adrian and Jeffrey

  • St. Joseph High School
    Class of 1954
      Charles Bohannon
      John Bohannon
      Ermatine Gibbs
      Jeanell glass
      Ollie Henry
      Annie Jack
      Donola Bencher
      Dorothy tooles
      Doris Walker
      Carol Wallace
      Lena Yates
      Margaret Williams


  • John L Henry
    St. Joseph class of 1957

  • St. Joseph Class of 1961
    The last 12th grade graduating class
    In Memory of the 1961 class

      Richard Crockett
      Slayton Evans
      Dorothy Mosley
    In Honor of the 1961 class

      Bertha Bohannon
      Beverly Glass
      Beverly LeFlore
      Jerome Wilson
      Onnie Coleman
      Mary Ann Hall
      Ethelene McCoy


  • In Honor of the McCoy Family

    Cleo, Freddy, Linda, Freddy, Jr., Carry, Darryl, Roderick and Tarance.

  • Society of the Devin Word Missionary Priest
    Fathers Heick, Hoenderop, Wendel, SVD and Father Ted Brink established
    the Negro Misssion Mount St. Joseph in 1910
    SVD Priests continued to serve until 1995.

  • Servants of the Holy Ghost

    Sisters Romana, Sebastina, Lamberta, Presentata and Damascena
    First teachers at Mount St. Joseph Colored School which opened Sept. 19,
    1910 with 45 pupils. The order continued to serve until 1970

  • In Honor of
    James Emery Bishop
    St. Joseph Institute 1927
    Class president and valedictorian
    Founder of Enterprise Funeral Home
    Founder of Enterprise Insurance Office
    Founder of Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery

  • In Memory of
    Father Clement Mathis, SVD
    Pastor of St. Joseph Church
    1955 - 1964

  • Mamie Bragg Sudbury Family
    James. F. Sudbury, Jr.
    Leslie G. Sudbury
    John Sudbury
    In Memory of Officer James F. Sudbury, Sr.

  • The Bohannon Family
    In Memory of
    Robert J. and Fannie B
    In Honor of
    Alonzo L., Annie C., Leona R., John W., Charles W., Joyce D. and Bertha N.

  • Walter N. Glass
    His children Patricia, Sylvia and Michael. His grandchildren Renaldo,
    Abubakar, Michelle and Joy “May prosperity and happiness pursue them.”

  • In Memory of William M. Thomas
    November 22, 1909 September 22, 1986

  • In Honor of
    Lewis and Mittle Woods
    From their children Gloria, Bobbye, Lewis, Jr., Elberta, Don, Dianne and Vickie.

  • In Memory of our Parents
      Lacy and Gertie Bragg

      Mamie B. Sudbury
      Minnie B. Burbridge
      Marie B. Brewster
      Lacy B. Day
      Rosie B. Johnson


  • In Memory of
    Virginia F. Hursey
    1918 - 2002
    and
    Nanacia West Cameron
    1962 - 2002

  • In Memory
    Mrs. Ora D. Smith
    Our Guiding Light

    Bernice, Dolores, Marie, Agnes and Gracie

  • Jerome Wilson
    St. Joseph High School glass of 1961
    In memory of Mrs. Ida M. Dean
    (Ignorantia Pro Luce Scientiae Liquat)

  • In Loving Memory of my Uncle
    Mr. Robert McCarty, St.
    9-2-1895 9-16-2002
    From you niece Mary Octavia Buckley
    And her son Edwin Todd Buckley







  • {Meditation Garden & Church History.

    There are two photos.
    One of the church and one of the garden.
    They are located in the same area.
    Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Ms.

    I have listed the dedications that go with the Meditation Garden.
    There is church and school history there too.
    Photos by Elizabeth Hagwood and David Pickett 2005

Submitted by Elizabeth Hagwood Poster-#-4-
Submitted by
David Pickett Poster-#-65-



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