Saturday, February 18, 2012

Meir Chayim Temple, McGehee

Although southeast Arkansas' Jewish population is in decline, this small temple, built in 1947, continues to hold services. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas posts this article on the history of the temple and its congregation. Meir Chayim is on the National Registry of Historic Places and the Arkansas Historic Preservation write-up is here.

The double doors are made of deeply carved wood.

Friday, February 10, 2012

former Camp Springs Methodist, Kingsland

The same storm system that brought tornados and so much anguish to Alabama on January 23rd came through Arkansas hours earlier. One twister touched down here near Kingsland and wiped out Camp Springs Methodist Church.

The pulpit was left standing...

...as was the outhouse...


but the recently refurbished church itself was destroyed. A number of the gravestones in the adjoining cemetery were toppled and shattered as well.

We hear, but have not confirmed, that this may be the first church attended by Johnny Cash.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

1st Baptist, Altheimer

This picture was taken early last November. The scaffolding was set up to repair a set of stained glass windows that were damaged about a month previous in a hailstorm.

After replacing about fifteen pieces of glass,
I snapped this picture from inside the attic.

One of the colorful side windows in the sanctuary.