Our Lady of Victory by Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I thought my followers might gain some insight on a review of my book by a fellow blogger and RRBC member.

San Giacomo's Corner

Our Lady of Victory by Shirley Harris Slaughter chronicles the short history of a Black #Catholic Church in Detroit. Within its pages, we not only learn about some of the pastors of the flock, but also hear many personal anecdotal memories culled from interviews with former members.


Parts I & II are heavily laced with those memories, while Parts III & IV delve into more objective history. Although references are used throughout the book.

I’m not sure how to classify this book. Sometimes it reads like a subjective memoir, and at other times it reads like an objective history (I’m using the word “objective” on account of the citations made). I don’t mean this as a criticism, just an observation.

It is a sad yet triumphant story that reminds us of the accomplishments that real people can make as a community without reliance on the outside. However, and quite sadly…

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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