Catholic Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle and Chancery Office of Catholic Diocese

On the northwest corner of Amite Street and West Street is the Catholic Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, with its mosaic of interracial children over the door. Throughout the 1960s, St. Peter’s and other Catholic churches in Jackson admitted African Americans and integrated groups freely for worship and other church activities.

Across the street at 237 East Amite Street is the Chancery Office of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, where the outspoken bishop Joseph Brunini, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, maintained a liberal racial policy for the church and worked for better interracial understanding.

Sources:

“Civil Rights Driving Tour of Hinds County”produced by the Associated Press, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Development Authority (Tourism Division).