Baltimore’s long-shot push for America’s first Black saint

December 19, 2023 | Baltimore Banner

Jasmine Vaughn-Hall | The Baltimore Banner

Photo: Sister Magdala Gilbert, poses for a portrait at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent. (Jessica Gallagher/The Baltimore Banner)

When Mary Sewell walks into St. Ann’s Church in East Baltimore she sees a towering arched ceiling and stained-glass-lined walkways with biblical scenes from throughout Jesus’ life. In all but one section, he is white, the color even more pronounced in the reflected light.


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