West Baden church for blacks on endangered list

Steeple file photo (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Steeple file photo (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WEST BADEN, Ind. (AP) – A century-old church for blacks in southern Indiana has been placed on the state’s 10 Most Endangered Buildings list.

The Herald Times reports the Indiana Landmarks society hopes the designation will call attention to the last remaining African-American landmark in the area 90 miles south of Indianapolis. Another church, a hotel, and a school for black children are already gone.

The century-old Baptist church served blacks who migrated north for jobs at local luxury hotels.

Preservationists hung new drywall and paid about $250 each to repair its stained glass windows.

The walnut pulpit is still there, as is the enamel tub used for baptisms, an organ and a piano.

Town officials say they’ll sell the church for $1. Restoring it could cost at least $200,000.

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