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This Aug. 1, 2017, photo shows the main room of the Mount Zion Baptist Church on Carpenter Street in Athens, Ohio.  A group is working to preserve and restore the historically significant church that once served as a hub for blacks living in southeast Ohio. Mount Zion Baptist Church has remained empty and largely abandoned for more than a decade. Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society recently gained control of the building after a years-long battle.  [Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch]/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

This Aug. 1, 2017, photo shows the main room of the Mount Zion Baptist Church on Carpenter Street in Athens, Ohio. A group is working to preserve and restore the historically significant church that once served as a hub for blacks living in southeast Ohio. Mount Zion Baptist Church has remained empty and largely abandoned for more than a decade. Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society recently gained control of the building after a years-long battle. [Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch]/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

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