Centennial Baptist Church

York and Columbia Streets, Helena, Arkansas

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Description 

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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 31, 2003

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2003
Reference number
03001044
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival
Areas of significance
Religion; Architecture; Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1905