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Effort under way to restore Indiana church

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 8:16 am

NEW ALBANY — An ambitious effort to restore a southern Indiana church that was part of the Underground Railroad has received a boost from a foundation, but organizers say there's much work to do.

The News and Tribune reports the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has agreed to provide $25,000 toward the estimated $400,000 cost of repairing the Town Clock Church in New Albany.

Foundation Executive Director Jerry Finn says project supporters have begun sending grant proposals to charitable organizations and plan to ask congregations to join the project.

He says the goal is to begin some of the work this year.

The church served as a safe haven for slaves who were trying to make their way north to freedom during the 1860s.