Centennial Baptist Church

York and Columbia Sts.
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

870-338-7550

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The only known Arkansas example of an African-American church designed by an African-American architect, now a National Historic Landmark (NHL). The church is a one-story brick structure built in 1905 from a Gothic Revival design by African-American architect Henry James Price. "Centennial Baptist Church is nationally significant through its association with Dr. Elias Camp Morris, who served as pastor from 1879 until his death in 1922,” the National Historic Landmark nomination says. “The period of his life from 1882 to 1922 was his most productive period with respect to his efforts on the national level to further the religious, political and societal achievements of African Americans. Morris’ national significance comes from his leadership of the National Baptist Convention, the largest African-American organization in the United States at the end of the 19th century.”