[img_assist|nid=8205|title=First Shreveport|desc=Jeff Raines, pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, stands with three former pastors of the now-disbanded Parkview Baptist Church of Shreveport – Van Edwards, Jason McInnis and Mike Anderson – during a Heritage Room reception June 1 at First Shreveport.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=427]By Staff, Baptist Message
SHREVEPORT – A June 10 reception at First Baptist Church honored three churches whose artifacts and history are now in one place.
First Shreveport – organized in 1845 (the city itself wasn’t birthed until 1836) – started 10 area churches, including Parkview in 1897 and Highland in 1916.
Virginia Joyner was already church historian when she was asked in 1981 to assemble the church records and historical items in what was to be called a Heritage Room. It was to be housed in a former coat closet in the church’s foyer.
In 1996, Highland merged into First Shreveport, and a second Heritage Room was started on the other side of the foyer, in another former coat closet.
“All the paintings of their former pastors are hung on the wall,” Joyner said. “Their pulpit is there, along with catalogued materials and photographs.”
When Parkview disbanded in 2011, they gave their historical items to First Shreveport, which added them into what now is the Highland-Parkview Heritage Room.
A Lord’s Supper table, hand-crocheted framed Lord’s Prayer, oil painting of the original Parkview building, and former pastors’ photographs are among the collection.
“It’s fitting that ... they should be joined with the mother church,” Joyner said.