Update: Another reminiscence on Chicago school fire

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta, one of the four “Chicago guys” we wrote about in this blog last week, also wrote a column in The Georgia Bulletin in Atlanta of his own memories of the Our Lady of the Angels fire in Chicago 50 years ago last week — he was in sixth grade at a different Chicago school at the time — that took the lives of nearly 100 members of the school community.

“It was an unthinkable catastrophe, which broke hearts far and wide beyond that parish, community and diocese,” he writes. “Its repercussions ushered in an extensive and much needed obligatory reform of school safety standards and practices across our nation.” Read the full column here.

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