Centennial Baptist Church National Historic Landmark
Dr. Elias Camp Morris, an African American cleric who was instrumental in the solidification of Negro Baptists as a separate entity, became pastor Centennial Baptist Church in Helena in 1879, three years after the church was founded by members who had left Helena’s original black congregation. Morris also held major state, national and international leadership positions. While traveling, he saw a church building that impressed him and described it to one of his congregation, Henry James Price. Price had studied architecture at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated summa cum laude. Price designed the building for Centennial Baptist Church. It is the only known example of an African American church designed by an African American architect in Arkansas. The Gothic Revival structure was completed in 1905. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated in 2003 as a National Historic Landmark.