West Baden church for blacks on endangered list

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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 (http://bit.ly/1hpHXta ) 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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