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Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Colored Girls donation form, undated

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 28

Scope and Contents

This form, produced by the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, allows the donor of 25 cents to become a Sacred Heart Client for a year, which entitles the donor to the spiritual benefit of a monthly mass in their name. The donation benefits the Sisters of the Good Shepherd School for Colored Girls in Baltimore, Maryland.

The form describes the charity's work as "preventing and reclaiming souls from paths of wretchedness and sin" as they "[save] unfortunate colored girls."


  • Creation: undated


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Biographical / Historical

The House of the Good Shepherd for Colored Girls in Baltimore was a Catholic charity that received Black girls and young women who had been committed to the institution by legal authorities or their families as delinquent youth, in order that the inmates might be reformed before their term of commitment ended.

Billie Holiday was admitted to this institution on two different occasions.

Sources: 1. Fessenden, Tracy. "'Colored Magdalens,' House of the Good Shepherd for Colored Girls, Baltimore, ca. 1930s." Object Narrative. MAVCOR Journal 6, no. 3 (2022), doi: 10.22332/mav.obj.2022.10.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Langdon Manor Books in July 2020.

Processing Information

Processed in January 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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