Historic church on the move, again

(Jim Shumacher)

April 30, 2010 9:51:46 AM PDT
The longtime home of one of North Carolina's oldest African-American Catholic congregations is on the move, again.

Workers are making a second attempt to move the Holy Cross Catholic Church building 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.

Workers tried to make the move last weekend, but complications stalled finishing the job for a week.

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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