Photos may save black church

Full story: The Courier-Journal

It's ironic and appropriate, preservationists said, that the nearly 100-year-old photographs of white guests at West Baden Springs Hotel will be used to draw attention to saving a church whose members catered ...
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Gary Archer

Kentland, IN

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Apr 19, 2006
 
I am pleased to see the old black church the focus of 'salvation and restoration' in West Baden. Often, as a youngster back in the '50s, I biked by the building and wondered at its story. Now the story will be available for anyone interested. I have one old photo post card in my collection that shows the church in earlier days, so it will be good to see it preserved. I, too, think the history of blacks in the 'valley' should be preserved. They played key roles in service, maintenance, and hospitality for which the area was well known just after the turn of the last century. It's too bad the old black hotels and the one gambling house that catered to blacks have been lost.

Best of luck in the restoration.

Gary Archer, formerly of the valley, and particularly Prospect--the suburb of West Baden!:-)
Gary Archer

Kentland, IN

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Apr 19, 2006
 
unsure of where the address Biglerville, PA came from, and it might be a nice place to live. I, however, live in Michigan.

God bless...
shirley

Hardinsburg, IN

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Jul 17, 2008
 
In regards to the old church in West Baden, In. I don't know who is trying to get photo's of the church, but I recently saw one. It was a 11X14 in mint condition. It can be viewed in Paoli In.at the new Comprehensive health care lobby. Dr. Waldron and Yolanda Yoder has their practice in that building. It was even dated.I am not sure who the owner of it is though.Maybe this info. can be given to the right people. shirley
Been there

Philadelphia, PA

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Dec 17, 2009
 
Drove by the other night and saw the lights on, 1st time in a long time for that!!
French Lick

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Dec 30, 2009
 
They have really cleaned that church up

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