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Featured Windows, February 1998

Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church Window, Detroit, MI

Building: Historic Little Rock Baptist Church (formerly Central Woodward Christian Church)

City: Detroit

State: Michigan

African American Pulpit Window

The "African American Pulpit Window" at Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit depicts African American ministers of the past, present and future. Included in the twelve-foot high window, from lower foreground to upper background, are portraits of the Rev. Richard Allen, founder of the African American Church; the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., representing the Social Gospel; the Rev. Jesse Jackson, representing the Economic Gospel; the Rev. C. L. Franklin, a Premier Preacher; the Rev. Jim Holley, current pastor of the church; and a silhouette, "The Man of Infinity," representing all future pastors. This unique window honors the historic role of African American ministers as leaders in the local church, nation and world.

The church was designed by Detroit architect George D. Mason and completed in 1928. It became the home of the present congregation in 1978 and most of its stained glass windows were installed in 1992. The "African American Pulpit Window" was designed by artist Daniel Cicchelli and the Rev. Jim Holley, painted by Dawn Sinkovich, and made by Anchor Glass Studio of Inkster, Michigan.

Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church of Detroit was registered in the Michigan Stained Glass Census by Silvio Guglielmo Benvenuti of Oak Park.

(MSGC 1993.0113)

Text by Betty MacDowell, Michigan Stained Glass Census, February , 1998.