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The collection contains minutes, proceedings, programs, and documents of the White River District Missionary Baptist Association. It also contains Immanuel school yearbooks and programs.

Biographical/Historical Note

The White River District Association was established in 1880. It is a part of the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas, an African American religious organization. The Citizens of Immanuel, in an effort to preserve community history, collected records and other documents of the White River Missionary Baptist Association and yearbooks of Immanuel School. In 1906 the White River District established Immanuel Industrial Institute, a rural boarding school in Almyra, Arkansas County, Arkansas. Although owned by the local Baptist association, the school also received aid and supervision from the county. Immanuel was located on forty acres of land, four miles east of Almyra, and eight miles north of DeWitt, in Arkansas County, Arkansas. The Immanuel High School building (circa 1945), built with Rosenwald Funds, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 24, 2007. John L. Phillips was the last principal to serve at Immanuel when it closed in 1966. The project was made possible with a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and Black History Advisory Committee (now the Black History Commission of Arkansas).

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Almyra, Arkansas County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Black History Study of Immanuel, Arkansas records, MG.00190


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Black History Study of Immanuel records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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