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|City/County/Congressional District: • Pine Bluff , Jefferson County ( District 4 )|
|Location Class: • Commercial|
|Year Built: • 1902 | Year Abandoned: • 1970|
|Historic Designation: • National Register of Historic Places 1978|
|Status: • Abandoned • Endangered|
The African American Masonic Temple was begun in 1902 and when it was completed two years later, stood as the largest building in downtown Pine Bluff. It is a four story masonry building, the exterior of which is largely intact, apart from a dormer destroyed in 1954 fire and not rebuilt. Many businesses operated from the structure, including Arkansas’s first African American owned financial institution. The building’s original cornerstone is a virtual “Who’s Who” of Arkansas’s most notable African American citizens.
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