Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


1943 to 1952

The Phillips Building was named
in honor of Frank Phillips.

Frank Phillips visits the Home
A visit by Frank Phillips.

Frank Phillips, of the Phillips Petroleum Company and the Phillips Foundation, was introduced to the Home in 1943 by Senator Robert S. Kerr. Kerr was a staunch supporter of the Home and led Phillips to visit the Home. He was so inspired, he committed to give $100,000. The gift was combined with a matching gift of $150,000 from other Baptists and helped fund the completion of the Children’s City. It included a new home for the Superintendent, junior boys’ cottage, clinic, nursery, commissary, swimming pool, and dairy farm.

Baptist Children’s City, Home Sweet Home, read the neon sign erected upon the completion of the Children’s City renovation and expansion. The sign was a favorite landmark, and the name described the practically all-inclusive campus. Maxey said, “The children liked the sign, treated it with respect, and never threw rocks at it.”

Baptist Children's City sign
Pictured above are Frank Phillips of Phillips 66, Senator Robert S. Kerr and Home Superintendent, Andrew Potter.

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