Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 15000064
Historic Name ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH AND RECTORY
Description of Significance ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH AND RECTORY IN PONCA CITY, OKLAHOMA IS SIGNIFICANT UNDER CRITERION A AT THE LOCAL LEVEL BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF THAT CITY SINCE ITS CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN 1927. THE PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE THUS BEGINS IN 1927. SEGREGATED WITHIN THE DIXIE HILL-ATTUCKS NEIGHBORHOOD, THE BLACK COMMUNITY DEVELOPED ITS OWN INSTITUTIONS, OF WHICH ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH WAS ONE AND PLAYED A LEADING ROLE. THE PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE ENDS IN 1954, THE YEAR THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT HANDED DOWN ITS DECISION IN BROWN V. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF TOPEKA, KANSAS THAT SEGREGATION WAS INHERENTLY UNEQUAL. ALONG WITH OTHER BLACK CHURCHES, ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH FOUND ITS ROLE CHANGING BUT NOT ENDING AS ITS CONGREGATION MERGED INTO THE LARGER PONCA CITY POPULATION AND INSTITUTIONS.
Current Name
Address 1009 SOUTH ELEVENTH STREET
City PONCA CITY
County KAY
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function RELIGION: RELIGIOUS FACILITY; DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING; DOMESTIC: OUTBUILDING
Current Function RELIGION: RELIGIOUS FACILITY; DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING; DOMESTIC: OUTBUILDING
Area Signficance 1 ETHNIC HERITAGE: BLACK
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared 2015
Year Built 1927-1954
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder UNKNOWN
Architectural Style LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN MOVEMENTS: BUNGALOW/CRAFTSMAN
Roof Material ASPHALT
Wall Material BRICK
Window Material WOOD
Door Material WOOD
Decorative Details
Condition EXCELLENT
Comments
Restricted N