Advocates are still brainstorming ways to save the historic Tremont Baptist Church in downtown Macon, and they may have happened upon a new idea.
The congregation wants to sell the property to a developer who has plans to demolish the building and build a Dunkin Donuts in its place.
Instead of demolishing the church, the Macon Historic Foundation hopes to repurpose the building.
On Nov. 19, the group posted the article called “Fascinating Photos of Repurposed Churches Around the World” on its Facebook page. One of the photos was of a New Jersey church with a Dunkin Donuts inside of it.
This church in Tom's River, NJ was converted into a Dunkin Donuts. (Photo Credit: Imgur/Flavowire)
Historians say Tremont Baptist Church played an important role in the civil rights movement as the place where Macon’s bus boycott was organized.
Josh Rogers, the executive director of the Historic Macon Foundation is trying to arrange a deal that would pay the congregation for the church while still preserving the building.
The congregation of Tremont Baptist Church moved to a new building in 2007, and church trustee Brenda Cherry says members are ready to let go of the old building.