Father Augustus Tolton 1854-1897
Follow the footsteps of the Quincy life and times of Augustus Tolton, the first African-American Catholic priest in the United States. His remarkable journey began as the middle child of an enslaved family in Brush Creek, Missouri. Learn of their escape to Quincy, Illinois and the milestones in his life which positioned him as one of the most beloved and respected priests within the Catholic faith. In 2019, Pope Francis issued the declaration that Father Augustus Tolton lived a life of heroic virtue thus advancing him to the title, The Venerable Father Augustus Tolton.