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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Father Gabriel Richard in Detroit

Along Jefferson avenue are so many impressive buildings and structures. This statue of Father Gabriel Richard faces Jefferson Avenue at Sheridan just northeast of Belle Isle. Father Gabriel Richard was born in France and sailed to the US during his country's revolution. He was reassigned to Detroit --a small French speaking village that had been occupied by Colonel Jean Francois Hamtramck. Richard brought the first printing press to Detroit. He was instrumental in establishing schools for Native American and women. Thank you, Father Richard! His remains are in a visible casket at St Anne's Church. Remember this previous post?

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