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Shiloh Baptist Church

Shiloh Baptist Church

Shiloh Baptist Church was established in 1882 when several members of Union Baptist Church began holding services in a small frame building on this site, thus making the congregation one of the oldest African American congregations in the city. The first cornerstone for the present structure was laid in 1890 with a membership of 225. The church was completed in 1904, designed in the Renaissance Revival style with Romanesque elements, including the tripartite round arches expressed in the square corner tower and large round arches in the gables, in addition to its dense massing. The church housed services for Shiloh Baptist as well as programs for Central Louisiana Academy, a private school for African Americans, which was located directly behind the church. It played a significant role in the community, accommodating great speakers and local community leaders. Booker T. Washington is said to have visited here shortly before his death in 1915. The congregation moved out of the building in 2006 to a different location. The building stands vacant and ready for adaptive reuse.

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