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Cupola that once graced historic Indiana church has new home

September 22, 2018

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A cupola that once protected a southern Indiana church dating to the 1850s from the elements is now part of a garden honoring the church’s role in the Underground Railroad.

Workers used a crane Wednesday to move the cupola to its new place atop a gazebo in the Second Baptist Church’s Underground Railroad Gardens.

The New Albany church that’s also known as the Town Clock Church was a pre-Civil War stop along the network that helped slaves escape from the South. The cupola was installed atop the church in the Ohio River city in the early 20th century after lightning destroyed the building’s original 150-foot steeple.

The News and Tribune reports that the century-old cupola was removed two years ago after a replica steeple was installed atop the church.

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Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com

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