Interview with Monroe Abram, July 24, 2019, St. Peter Claver Church, Macon, GA



Interview with Monroe Abram, July 24, 2019, St. Peter Claver Church, Macon, GA


Monroe Abram, born in 1933, discusses some of the changes he has seen in St. Peter Claver Parish, as well as some of the priests and parishioners he knew.

Monroe Abram, 88, was born in Macon, GA to Helen and Monroe Abram, one of three children, including Bernard and Bernadine. Growing up in Macon, he was an active member of St. Peter Claver Parish, attending the Catholic grammar school from first grade to eighth grade. He attended and graduated from [Old] Ballard High School (later named Ballard-Hudson Senior High School) in Macon, GA. He went on to attend college in New York City, NY. He worked the Paulist Fathers of NY while he was in college. Following graduation, Monroe went to work at Robins Air Force Base as an alcohol and drug counselor. He retired from Robins AFB after 30 years.

Monroe was married twice. He and his first wife, Avis, had one son, Monroe Abrams, Jr. who also graduated from St Peter Claver School and Mount de Sales Academy. Monroe, Jr., his wife and their four children live in Tennessee. Sometime after the death of his first wife, Monroe married a second time. He and his wife, Joan, who served for a number of years as principal of St. Peter Claver School, moved to Warner Robins, GA. Sadly, Joan passed away in August of 2020. The couple had been married for 45 years.

Bettye Middlebrooks is a longtime member of St. Peter Claver Parish in Macon, GA and a member of the Black Catholic History Advisory Board to the Archives.

Katy Lockard is the Director of Archives & Records Management for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.


July 24, 2019


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