Daniel Rudd (August 7, 1854–1933) was founder of the National Black Catholic Congress. He was born one of 12 children. Born to parents who were both Catholic, his father was a slave on the Rudd estate near Bardstown, Kentucky and his mother was a slave of the Hayden family in Bardstown. In 1889, Rudd convened the first meeting of the NBCC, with Fr. Augustine Tolton, the first recognized black priest in America celebrating Mass.
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