Historic church on the move

Church on girders rolling down the street

April 24, 2010 1:04:53 PM PDT
The longtime home of one of North Carolina's oldest African-American Catholic congregations is poised for a big move.

Workers have jacked up the Holy Cross Catholic Church building and put it on steel girders. Friday, they'll slowly truck it across the campus of North Carolina Central University.

The little stone church will have a new home at the corner of Formosa Street, alongside NCCU's Shepard House.

The church is being moved to make way for a new $25 million nursing education building.

School leaders saw the value of the old stone church and didn't want to knock it down.

"It's a beautiful structure with great historic significance and it will add immeasurably to the views on Fayetteville Street," said NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

The Holy Cross congregation has moved to a new larger facility, so the school plans to use the old church building for meeting space.

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