A one-man show that retells the life of Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton is picking up where it left off before the pandemic. The show, Tolton: From Slave to Priest, has resumed touring, and the stage production has been filmed for an upcoming release. Since opening in 2017, the show has been faithfully spreading the story of America’s first Black Catholic priest. The biographical play follows Fr. Tolton’s life from his escape from slavery to his ordination and work as a priest. Fr. Tolton’s efforts saw the founding a Black Catholic school in his hometown of Quincy and the first Black parish in Chicago.
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