Anna Ellison Butler Alexander was born shortly after the end of the Civil War to parents who had been former slaves on the Butler Plantation near Brunswick, GA. The youngest of eleven children, Anna devoted her life to teaching and became the first and only African-American deaconess in the Episcopal Church in 1907. Despite the racism that existed in society and the church, Anna perservered in her mission to educate the children of Pennick, Georgia through her school at The Church of the Good Shepherd. In 2018, at the urging of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, Anna Alexander was made a saint with her feast day set for September 24th. We will be celebrating her life and legacy on that day with our Eucharist. Come join us and learn more about this remarkable woman.