Friendship Baptist: End of an era

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:09am

Atlanta's Friendship Baptist church holds final service in historic building slated for demolition as part of new stadium construction. Jerry Carnes reports.

(WXIA) It was an emotional morning Sunday at Atlanta's oldest African-American church.

After more than 150 years, Friendship Baptist held its final service before moving to make way for the stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

On this Sunday, there were three times the number of people who typically flock to this historic building - here to see one last baptism, one final sermon before these walls come down.

The legacy stretches back to 1862, in a building that gave birth to Spellman College. The first classes were held in the church basement.

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