San Miguel Arcángel Church
|Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel|
|Location||Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico|
|District||Roman Catholic Diocese of Mayagüez|
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Church|
|Architect(s)||First Construction: Unknown|
Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel is a Roman Catholic parish church located in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Construction on the building started in 1773 and was completed in 1783. The church's archives holds the birth records of Ramón Emeterio Betances, Salvador Brau, and the pirate Roberto Cofresi.
A description of the church from 1843 indicates that it had three naves separated by arches of wood, covered with tiles, with a ceiling vault. In 1927, Father Joe Smith collected funds to build a dome over the altar and repair the sacristy. Father Benito Sanchez gave the task of commissioning a number of additional works, among them, raising the height of the nave an additional ten feet. In 1936, Father Benito died and is the only Augustine priest buried in the church.
To free children from slavery, Ramón Emeterio Betances used to come to the door of the church on Sunday and, as the baby slaves were bought out from their christening ceremonies, he paid twenty five pesos (once baptized the cost for the slaves were doubled at 50 pesos).
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