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Historic Atlanta church holds last Sunday service

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Hundreds crowded in for the last Sunday service at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The church sold its property for $14.5 million to make way for the new Falcons stadium.

"It's just very, very sad," said Beverly Parks, a long-time church member. "I know the stadium's coming, but these are the most historic churches and historic areas for blacks in Atlanta. So a lot has been lost."

The church celebrated its 99th year recently, and many churchgoers said their families have attended Mount Vernon for generations.

"It's just so many memories," said Marchan Rosserl. "I want to cry because it's just a very special place."

The pastor told CBS46 News that the congregation will temporarily hold services at Carver Bible College in southwest Atlanta. It is still searching for a permanent home.

"Of course, there are a lot of feelings, a lot of memories, that we will forever cherish and be thankful to God that he allowed us to have this experience," said Rev. Rodney Turner. "But we are excited about what's next." 

Nearby Friendship Baptist Church sold its property for nearly $20 million to make way for the new stadium. 

The Falcons plan to have the new facility built in time for the 2017 season.

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