The Russel House
Eliza Smith, An Antebellum “free woman of color,” purchased property on St. Catherine Street in 1850s. Her daughters and their families built new houses on the property in the 1880s.
28 St. Catherine Street was the home of Sarah Smith Russel and her Kastor and Russell children. Son Louis Kastor became one of the city’s most successful African American businessmen and built a house across the street that became Webb Funeral Home.