St. Pius X, 1952-1971

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St. Pius X, 1952-1971


St. Pius X High School was open from 1952-1971 and served to educate African American graduates of Catholic elementary schools in Savannah. It was owned by the Society of African Missions (SMA) and staffed by sisters from the Missionary Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception (MFIC). Another product of the diocese’s forced desegregation, Black members were especially angry over the school’s closure because it had positive statistics and notable graduates, such as Clarence Thomas. The closure of this school may be part of why Thomas dislikes the church today.


“St. Pius X, 1952-1971,” Diocese of Savannah's Black Catholic History, accessed July 23, 2024,