Memphis’ first Catholic bishop removed from mural at National Civil Rights Museum

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Memphis’ first Catholic bishop is no longer part of a mural of Memphians who stood up for others.

Bishop Carroll T. Dozier was painted over on the mural across from the National Civil Rights Museum after he appeared on a list of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse. He was included on the list released by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, where he was assigned before being appointed as the first bishop of the diocese of Memphis.

Dozier’s face was replaced by Jose Guerrero, a founder of Latino Memphis. The mural also includes journalist Ida B. Wells, Civil Rights activists Maxine and Vasco Smith, and founder of multiple faith-based organizations, Reverend Frank McRae.

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