In the early 1960s, a man named Ammon Hennacy established a shelter and help center for homeless and railroad bums who needed housing. The Joe Hill House of Hospitality and St. Joseph Refuge provided shelter, food, day laborer storage, and fellowship for homeless people in Salt Lake City.
A new biography tells the complicated but fascinating story of the center’s radical founder and his involvement in the Catholic Worker Movement, from New York’s Bowery to the farm fields of the Southwest to the streets of Utah’s capital.
Christian Anarchist: Ammon Hennacy, A Life on the Catholic Left is the result of years of painstaking research by William Marling.
Dr William MarlingProfessor of American and World Literature at Case Western Reserve University
1962 KPFA Radio Interview with Ammon Hennacy Courtesy of Pacífica Radio Archives Historical Collection on the history of recorded community radio since 1949. With over 60,000 titles on PacificaRadioArchives.org
1964 Joe Hill House archival recording by the late singer-songwriter Mark Richmond and courtesy of Reverend Willis.