Preserve Arkansas announces 2018 list of Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places

May 21-27, 2018

Preserve Arkansas’s 2018 Most Endangered Places list includes an African American cemetery, four historic churches, an Italian prisoner-of-war camp, a neighborhood commercial building associated with the desegregation of Central High School, a railroad depot, a tourist home for African Americans during the Jim Crow era, and an antebellum house.


The announcement took place on May 4 at Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Avenue in Little Rock. Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places Program began in 1999 to raise awareness of historically and architecturally significant properties throughout the state that are facing threats such as deterioration, neglect, insufficient funds, and insensitive development. Preserve Arkansas solicited nominations from individuals and organizations throughout the state. The list is updated each year to generate discussion and support for saving the places that matter to Arkansas.


Properties named to the 2018 list are as follows:

• Camp Monticello (Monticello, Drew County)

• Centennial Baptist Church (Helena-West Helena, Phillips County)

• First Baptist Church/EMOBA (Little Rock, Pulaski County)

• First Presbyterian Church (Fordyce, Dallas County)

• Latimore Tourist Home (Russellville, Pope County)

• Magnolia Cemetery (Helena-West Helena, Phillips County)

• Ponder’s Drug Store/Capel Building (Little Rock, Pulaski County)

• Quinn Chapel AME Church (Fort Smith, Sebastian County)

• Rock Island Railroad Depot (Perry, Perry County)

• Thomas-Tharp House (Fayetteville, Washington County).


Photos and information about 2018’s Most Endangered Places are available at  


Preserve Arkansas is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. For more information about Preserve Arkansas, please contact Rachel Patton at 501-372-4757,, or visit


Source: Preserve Arkansas  




The First Baptist Church/EMOBA in Little Rock made Preserve Arkansas’ 2018 List of Most Endagered Places. The goal of the list is to generate discussion and support for saving places that matter in the state. (Photo courtesy of Preserve Arkansas)