Florence historian Lee Freeman: "A nice overview of black Catholics in the US from Colonial times to the present. Contains information on the antebellum black Catholic population of Mobile. In the mid-1940s Florence African-American businesswoman Bessie McAlister Foster (1882-1963) converted from Methodism to Catholicism and was instrumental in helping to establish Blessed Martin De Porres Negro Mission, which was pastored by Rev. Fr. Isidore Fussnecker, OSB of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Florence."
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Davis, Cyprian. , “Black Catholics in the United States,” Shoals Black History, accessed October 20, 2020, https://shoalsblackhistory.omeka.net/items/show/449.