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Building Name

St Benedict Catholic School

Historic District

Lincolnville Historic District


St Benedict Catholic School Stairwell, St Augustine FL

St. Benedict the Moor School, 86 M. L. King Avenue, stands at the very center of Lincolnville as the oldest surviving brick school building in the city. This shows the front stairwell to the school building.

The school was built in 1898, a saint’s gift to St. Augustine. Money for its construction was provided by Mother Katherine Drexel (1858-1955), a wealthy Philadelphia heiress who was made a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

St. Benedict was one of the first schools for blacks in Florida, serving from 90 to 110 students. In the middle of the 1960s the building ended its role as an educational facility and was essentially abandoned for about 20 years. St. Benedict School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 as a contributing structure to the Lincolnville National Register Historic District. St. Benedict the Moor School Restoration Committee is attempting to save and rehabilitate the building.

Contributing Building - Lincolnville Historic District - National Register of Historic Places NRIS #91000979

Latitude, Longitude

29.88628056, -81.31539722

Rights Statement


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; St Benedict Catholic School Stairwell; St Benedict Catholic School; Stairwell; Brick building; Historic district; Abandoned; St Johns County (Fl.); Schools --- Florida --- St Augustine.; Images


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