Black Catholic History Advisory Board
Recognizing to the need to tell this unique story, the Archives & Records Management Department formed an Advisory Board, inviting regional representatives from around the Diocese to support the development of the Black Catholic historical narrative. Current board members Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS (Savannah), Rev. Robert Chaney (Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Savannah), Joanne Cooke (St. Joseph Parish, Augusta), Bettye Middlebrooks (St. Peter Claver, Macon), and Terrye Thompson (Augusta) meet with Diocesan representatives from the Archives & Records Management Department and Communications to advise on strategies and upcoming historical projects.
The Black Catholic Community Archive
One project being overseen by the Black Catholic History Advisory Board is our Black Catholic Community Archives. Although nothing can fully replace the loss of original records, this community archive was developed as a way to share the records and stories passed down in the Black Catholic community. Community members are invited to contribute submissions, adding to the story told through digitized material in the Diocesan Archives. It proudly showcases photographs, original documents, and images of artifacts to document the Black Catholic experience in the Diocese of Savannah.
Found in the Community Archive is an Oral History Project, undertaken to fill in record gaps with personal experiences recorded to preserve the Black Catholic history and culture.