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St. Augustine's Church, by B.R. (Benjamin Ridgway) Evans, Philadelphia, PA, 1880.
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 View of front of church with people on sidewalk. Caption: "St. Augustine's Church, 4th St. opposite New St. Destroyed by mob in 1844."

Credit: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

A center of Catholic worship for Philadelphia's Irish population since 1796, St. Augustine's Church was burned to the ground during rioting in 1844. Augustinian friars successfully sued for $80,000 in damages that they used to rebuild the church. The order later established Villanova University as a seat of Catholic education in the city.

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