HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The sanctuary of one of the oldest black churches in High Point is to be demolished later this month.
The News & Record of Greensboro reported the First Baptist Church Cathedral has a number of problems with its facilities.
One wall of the 106-year-old building is leaning and one side of the bell tower is sinking. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Rev. Michael Robinson says the cost of repairs is more than the 60-member church can pay.
Workers already have removed pews and carpets. Experts will remove the 100-year-old stained glass for storage in the next few days. The demolition is expected to cost $76,000.
The church is looking for a new place to hold services.
The church was founded in 1871.