ACH174: St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, originally built on a barge in 1782, is the oldest church in the state. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell us that despite its small congregation, it has historical significance and ties to international and church politics. The church has faced challenges throughout the years but has persevered and is still standing in Plum Bayou. St. Mary’s Church is a symbol of perseverance and houses the grave of a potential saint.
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- St. Mary Catholic Church
- Supporters Urge Sainthood for Nun
- Loretto’s Years in Arkansas (1838-1845)
- Arkansas Gravestones
- Religion in Arkansas
- JSTOR – Arkansas Religious History
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