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Centennial Baptist Church

Helena, Arkansas
County of Phillips.
York and Columbus Streets
National Register Number: 03001044
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Threatened in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Active Church.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 31, 2003):
Centennial Baptist Church was the home base for Reverend (Dr.) Elias Camp Morris from the dedication of the church in 1905 until his death in 1922. While serving as pastor, Dr. Morris was president (1895-1922) of the National Baptist Convention (NBC), the largest African-American organization in the United States at the end of the 19th century, through which Morris brought attention to the right of African Americans to establish independent religious associations.

The church continues to suffer from deterioration.

Since the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas (HPAA) named the church one of the ten most endangered historic properties in the state in 2006. The landmark received a $300,000 Save America's Treasures grant.

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