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A great witness
Courtesy Archdiocese of Portland Archives
Students at Immaculate Heart School portray saints in this 1950s photo.
Courtesy Archdiocese of Portland Archives
Students at Immaculate Heart School portray saints in this 1950s photo.

Regarding “Untold history: Blacks in Oregon Catholic schools” (Jan. 20, page 12):

In the 1970s, Immaculate Heart Catholic School on North Williams Avenue was more than 90 percent African-American. Many were non-Catholic but nonetheless it served as a great witness to the Catholic commitment to racial equality. It also served as a great alternative to the public schools in the community, which many people felt were failing their children. Fifty of the children from that era have organized a Facebook page to have a reunion. We hope to put something together next summer. St. Andrew’s also had a very vibrant, stimulating school in that era.

William Curtin
Portland 
     







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