Peerke Donders, the priest who did not distinguish between the elite and the common man, is still honoured in Tilburg. He was born in 1809 as the son of a simple Tilburg weaver. He wanted to become a priest, but his parents did not have the money to pay for him to study and train as a priest. But thanks to a minister at the Goirkese church, Peerke Donders got his chance. He was sent to Suriname to look after slaves and lepers. His charity and his attitude of treating everyone equally earned him great respect, especially among native Tilburg residents and the people of Suriname. In 2009 the Stadsmuseum opened the Peerke Donders pavilion, on the occasion of his 200th birthday. The Peerke Donders pavilion is a museum for the principle of loving your neighbour and is dedicated to Peerke Donders and the current forms of charity.
Pater Dondersstraat 14
5011 XG Tilburg