Interpretive Center and Garden
With the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march, The City of St. Jude unveiled its new Interpretive Center and Garden.
The Interpretive Center is housed in the original St. Jude Social Center built in 1939. As one visitor stated, the Interpretive Center features a “very rich collection of photos” that share the experience of the Selma to Montgomery march along with St. Jude’s history. The center consists of well over 100 photos and other items from five different collections.
The Interpretive Garden serves as the home of the grave of Father Harold Purcell, founder of The City of St. Jude. The focal point of the garden is the Homeless Jesus sculpture. The sculpture, which depicts Jesus as a homeless man lying on a bench, is a visual translation of Matthew 25:35-40, and it embodies the mission of St. Jude—feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the ill. The sculpture was donated by a donor who was moved by the work that goes on at St. Jude…”whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Top national news outlet have described the sculpture as “startling”, “challenging” and “stirring”. Ability to obtain the sculpture is only offered to organizations, such as The City of St. Jude, that serve a distinctive cause.
In addition to the Homeless Jesus, the walkways of the garden are made up of commemorative pavers purchased by donors, churches and organizations throughout the country. These pavers are personally inscribed and are available for purchase throughout the year. Click Here to Purchase a Commemorative Paver.
The entire mission of the St. Jude Interpretive Center and Garden is to inspire, challenge, and provide visitors a life-enriching experience.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (We will have extended hours during Summer. Call for details.)
Please contact Douglas Watson or Markevius Jackson at (334) 265-6791 for questions or to schedule a tour. Visit www.cityofstjude.org or www.facebook.com/cityofstjude.