Mayor, congregation raising funds to save church

Mayor, congregation raising funds to save church

CHARLESTON, SC - A historic downtown Charleston church could be closed down and become offices or residences, unless the community can raise $1.6 million.

The City of Charleston, historic preservation groups, and members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church are trying to raise the money to save the church. They have 90 days to raise the funds to purchase the Wentworth Street property from its current owner, which Redeemer is currently leasing.

The church building dates back to the 1838, and supporters say it's an important piece of Charleston history.

"It has survived hurricanes. It has survived earthquakes. It has survived Civil War. Let's not allow it to be lost on our watch. We must join together as a community to preserve these buildings. Please help us do so," Pastor Craig Bailey said.

The Preservation Society of Charleston is spearheading the fundraising campaign.

The organization says the church helps designate Charleston's historic landmark district. For more information go to

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