Michigan State University Museum Website: Little Rock Baptist Church Stained Glass Census
Creator: Silvio Guglieno Benenuti
Subjects: Stained Glass Windows
Description: This Neo-Gothic style church dedicated in 1928 was originally made to be the fourth home of the Disciples of Christ in Detroit. In 1990, the church began to campaign to replace the windows of the church with stained glass most notably to reflect the significant changes that took place as the building was adapted for a predominately African American congregation.
Michigan Stained Glass Census: Window of the Month for February 1998: Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
(Pages 5-6) The African American pulpit window on the south facade depicts African American ministers of past, present, and future. These people include: Rev. Richard Allen, founder of the African American Church; Rev. Dr. Martian Luther King Jr., representing the social gospel; Rev. Jesse Jackson, representing the economic gospel; Rev. C.L. Franklin, representing a Primer Preacher; Rev. Jim Holly, current pastor of the church at the time; and a silhouette called, “The Man of Infamy”, representing all future pastors. This window honors the leadership and role of African American preachers not only in the church but also, leaders in their communities and the nation.
Michigan Stained Glass Census: Window of the Month for February 2001: Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
(Pages 7-10)These two portraits were the first stained glass windows installed in the church. The first shows first president of the United States George Washington on the left, in civilian dress wearing a sword and carrying a book in his left hand. The inscription following reads “George Washington 1732-1799/Victory/Peace”. The window on the right shows the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, holding the emancipation proclamation as he points to a kneeling slave boy. The inscription following reads “Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865/justice/mercy”. In each window the central figure of each president also includes two angels in the side panels.
Date: April 29, 2004
Original Format: Other
Rights Management: State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Stained Glass Census, Michigan State University Museum
Contributing Institution: Array
Contributor: Sherell Wiggins