Early Saturday morning, you may have heard loud booms and crashes ringing out in Henderson.
Eyewitness News’ Amelia Young was there as Immanuel Baptist Temple came down.
A sanctuary more than 100 years old was torn down within a matter of hours.
“It's a bittersweet moment,” said former staff member Glenn Riggs.
Last year, IBT closed because of declining membership and financial issues and merged with another church. The merge left the building abandoned.
Members and former staff came out Saturday to say their goodbyes.
Riggs says the memories from inside far outweigh the exterior.
“You know this is just a building. The reflections of what God has done in the people that have walked through the buildings probably has made the greatest impact in my life,” said Riggs.
Others who were too emotional to speak on camera said 2nd Street will never be the same.
But soon the area will have new life.
“You know it's definitely the end of an era but also the beginning of a new one as well.
Henderson Fire Department's new central fire station will take its place.
“The turn out today was incredible to catch up with old friends and see what God has done in our hearts and minds,” said Riggs.
(This article was originally published April 21, 2018)
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