Morris Brown alumni protest possible removal of historic towers
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -
Friendship Baptist Church had some visitors at Sunday service, as dozens of Morris Brown alums showed up to protest the church's possible new home.
The church made a $19 million deal with the city to move the church to make room for the new Falcon's stadium, but the land they're looking to relocate to is on the historic Morris Brown campus.
The protestors rallied at the towers on Morris Brown College which is the land that's being looked at for the new church. The group then walked down the road to Friendship Baptist Church to attend service.
It was a peaceful protest, but people said they're fired up about the plan to possibly tear down the old towers, something the protestors said was an important part of campus history.
"This would be like taking the arms and legs of the school. It's part of the property and part of the atmosphere," said Morris Brown alum DeCarlos Bennett.
But critics said the towers have been abandoned for years and are becoming a real eyesore.
Protestors said although it may look bad, it's still a part of the campus and could be fixed up if Morris Brown can get out of bankruptcy.
"Morris Brown is interested in restoring this place completely as an institution of higher learning. It has a great legacy and has meant so much to this community. It is worthy of being restored to full greatness," said Michael Langford with the United Youth Conference.
But until then, they're trying to keep the possibility alive, starting with Sunday's march.
"We're sending a message not just to Friendship but to City Hall. We're sending a message to the Falcons that we believe Morris Brown is more important than a stadium," said state Sen. Vincent Fort.
The group said they actually felt welcomed at the church and they said that's not all that surprising. They said their beef isn't with the church; it's with those pushing to tear down part of Morris Brown.
"If Friendship wants to sell its church for $19.5 million, that's Friendship's business. All we're saying is leave Morris Brown out of the dealings," said community activist Derrick Boazman.
We tried to get a comment from the church on the issue, but the pastor wasn't available.
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Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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