Firm chosen to restore historic Massachusetts African-American church

The Clinton AME Zion Church in Great Barrington
The Clinton AME Zion Church in Great Barrington –Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — An architectural firm with extensive experience working on buildings of significance to African-American history has been chosen to oversee restoration of an historic church in Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Huff and Gooden Architects of New York City will help transform the former home of the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington.

The plan is to turn the property into an African-American heritage site and visitor center that will focus on the legacy of town native and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois, who once attended the church.

The church building dates to 1887 but it closed its doors in 2014 and the building fell into disrepair.

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A group of local residents banded together to save the building and has raised nearly $600,000 toward the restoration project.

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