News and Tribune

March 22, 2013

Friends of the Town Clock Church in New Albany hold inaugural meeting

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NEW ALBANY —  The Friends of the Town Clock Church Board in New Albany held its inaugural meeting recently.  

The role of this charitable organization will be to serve as trustees for the ongoing maintenance, beautification and long-term planning for the Second Baptist Church building, along Main Street and fondly known as the Town Clock Church. The board will continue to raise funds so that maintenance on the building and property beautification can be ongoing and not have to wait until it has deteriorated to the point of needing major restoration. 

At the meeting, Alice Miles was chosen to be the chairperson of the group. Additional members include: Kathy Wilkerson, Jerrol Miles, Monica Hearn, John Gonder, Irv Stumler, Pastor Chad Hunter, Pam Peters, Floyd County Circuit Court Judge Terrance Cody and C. Michael Stewart.

A priority of the group will be to establish a membership group of the Friends of the Town Clock Church. The community will be invited to become a member of this group and help in a variety of ways to support this historic structure. The role of the Friends Group will be to:

• Develop a plan that ensures the Town Clock Church and its connection to the Underground Railroad movement will remain a viable community asset.

• To raise funds for the ongoing maintenance, historic preservation and beautification of the exterior of the church.

• Give input to long-term planning for the future of the building.

• To promote the historical structure in the community. 

• To provide input on a plan to excavate the undercroft of the church and assure the space is utilized to its fullest historical potential in the community.

• To help establish an endowment for the upkeep of the building in perpetuity. 

Friends of the Town Clock Church members will meet several times a year to actively participate in the restoration and preservation of this historical building in New Albany as well as contribute an annual membership fee.

A Restoration Committee has been established to oversee the restoration of the Town Clock Church and make decisions on construction and the restoration process. 

Anyone interested in making contributions to the restoration efforts can contact Jerry Finn at 812-945-4332 or make a contribution at any Your Community Bank locations. Pledge envelopes are available at the bank offices as well as the YMCA in New Albany, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.