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The Historic Macon Foundation said it still has hopes that it can save the old Tremont Temple Baptist Church in downtown Macon sparing it from a wrecking ball.

Josh Rogers, the group's executive director, said the foundation started an online pledge drive Monday to help preserve the Forsyth Street church that was built in 1907.

The structure, located next to the Medical Center of Central Georgia played a role in Macon's Civil Rights history, as the place where Macon's bus boycott was organized.

Church leaders are in a contract to sell the property to Dunkin' Donuts for $190,000. But that deal will only go through if a demolition permit is approved by Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Rogers says he hopes the permit will be denied so his organization can make the same offer as Dunkin' Donuts so they can repair it.

The commission was scheduled to vote on the demolition at its meeting last week, but they delayed the vote until its Dec. 9 meeting.

The church has been vacant for six and a half years when the congregation moved to Bloomfield Road.

In a letter to the commission, the Rev. Camille Holmes says she doesn't mind the structure being torn down because the new church needs the money for its ministry.

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