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During the 1918 flu pandemic, religious sisters stepped up to help

May 08, 2020

Houses of worship are quiet these days, but the same cannot be said of the faithful: They’re still praying, still volunteering, still delivering groceries and guiding patterned-face mask fabric under the rhythmic needles of sewing machines.

Their actions in some ways recall those of Toledoans in 1918, who were similarly adjusting to wide-sweeping orders shutting down schools, churches, movie theaters and more in effort to curb the spread of Spanish influenza.

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