On This Day in Yonkers History

Tuesday, October 11, 1941

The Reverend Alexander Leedie was ordained as a Catholic priest and was the first African-American from Yonkers or Westchester County to become a priest.  Born in Mt. Vernon in 1912, his family relocated to 27 Culver St., Yonkers where he attended St. Peter's School, Hawthorne Junior High School and Yonkers High School.  

He was ordained for the Society of the Divine Word and on October 12, 1941, he celebrated his first Mass, which was served by his father, Mr. Julian Leedie, who had taught his son to serve Mass some twenty years before.