The Church of St. Augustine

St. Augustine Catholic Church, Melrose, Louisiana

The Church of St. Augustine was first established in 1829 at Isle Brevelle on the plantation of Sieur Augustin Metoyer. The church was ahead of its time, with a mixed racial congregation. Pew records even show the first pews were used by Creole Metoyer family members, with prominent whites seated behind them. The first structure was apparently torched by Union forces during the Civil War, and the second church burned in the early 1900s. The current struture was completed in 1919, and remains a functioning Catholic parish.