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The Phoenix and the Ashes

St. Joseph Catholic Church and School was a spiritual core for African American Catholics in Norfolk, and a long-lasting memory even after its demolish nearly 60 years ago. One late summer evening on September 1, 1926, Father Vincent Warren of the St. Joseph parish was abducted by the Ku Klux Klan and threatened to be burned alive, because of his association with blacks. He would emerge hours later, unharmed, a celebrated “Phoenix,” who continued his passionate advocacy for Norfolk’s black community.

Join us for a screening and panel discussion of Terrance Afer-Anderson’s short film “The Phoenix & the Ashes” which chronicles this turbulent point in Norfolk’s local history.

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