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St. James the Apostle Catholic Church


St. James the Apostle Catholic Church

Las Vegas Pioneer Trail Marker 7 reads:

St. James has been a vital force in meeting the needs of this underserved, segregated but expanding community.

The second Catholic Church in Las Vegas, St. James opened in 1940 in a small concrete building at H and Morgan streets. Originally most parishioners were Latino, but by the mid-1960's, the parish became largely black. Through the 1960s and 1970s, this church was served by a social activist clergy who helped the community grapple with the social problems of the day.

The church building expanded in 1944 with a parish hall and kitchen made from two section gang houses donated by the Union Pacific RR. Three more additions were made through 1952, while at the same time St. James helped to establish both St. Viator and Our Lady of Las Vegas parishes. St. James outgrew its home by the 1990s, and the Diocese sold the property to the Deliverance churches of Fellowship International. St. James moved to its new home on Martin Luther King at Lake Mead Boulevard. It remains a vibrant, lively church that celebrates its black identity and is renowned for its fine gospel choir.

Currently operating as St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Located in McWilliams' Original Las Vegas Townsite (Plat 21).

Located in Historic West Las Vegas.

Located at 820 H Street, Las Vegas, Nevada.