CME/Kimbrough Temple

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Built: 1946 | Abandoned: 1997
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Status: Endangered
Contributor: • Preservation Oklahoma
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The Kimbrough Temple C.M.E. Church, also known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church is located at 1029 South 12th Street at the northwest corner of South 12th Street and East Dixie Avenue in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The historically African-American church is a one-story stone building, built by the parishioners between 1943 and 1946, with the first service held there in 1946. The church has a simple rectangular floor plan with a front gable roof and projecting entrance tower. A raised foundation plan accommodates the worship space above and gathering space in the lower level. Physically the exterior of the building retains its physical integrity, although the interior has been exposed to the elements because of damage to the roof. As a result, there is a significant amount of interior deterioration.

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