Church of the Crucifixion
Noted for an impressive history that includes designation as the second Black church in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, as well as connections to South Philly-born singer Marian Anderson and renown sociologist W.E.B. DuBois, the Bella Vista site had fallen on difficult times, with the pandemic being a principal thorn in its side. On June 12, 2020, however, Mother Jessie Alejandro and the faithful celebrated the official reopening of the space and witnessed the unveiling of a street sign that honors a former leader of the location.
"It's been wonderful to see the church come back to life, and our recent gathering shows that people want that connection to strengthen them," the vicar said of the 174-year-old haven.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the Passyunk Post article below.
In The News
- National Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff at Church of the Crucifixion, Passyunk Post, September 13, 2021.
- Positive signs of change for an historic church, Passyunk Post, July 13, 2021.