Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1873

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Fathers and Brothers from the Society of Mary arrived in Louisiana in 1863 at the invitation of Archbishop John Mary Odin. At that time America was a mission for the European-based Marists. One of their first houses was at Jefferson College in Convent, Louisiana. In 1873, a scant decade after the Marists’ arrival, Jefferson College experienced a deadly outbreak of yellow fever, with five members of the college community dying in a short period.