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Stained glass windows from historic church restored for future use

The windows had been up since the church was built in the 1920s. They were finally all taken down as part of a community wide project to restore them. The windows had been up since the church was built in the 1920s. They were finally all taken down as part of a community wide project to restore them.
Five generations and three congregations worshiped under those windows. Five generations and three congregations worshiped under those windows.
Built first as St. Thomas Catholic Church, a Baptist church later took it over. To this day, it is owned by the Church of God in Christ. Built first as St. Thomas Catholic Church, a Baptist church later took it over. To this day, it is owned by the Church of God in Christ.

(WMC-TV) – To some, it is just another empty church. But because of the hard work of a few Memphians, the historic St. Thomas Catholic Church in South Memphis will live on.

Stained glass from the church, which is located on East Trigg Avenue, is bringing people from all walks of life together.

When Michael Lloyd decided he wanted to lead the stained glass restoration effort at the church, he had no idea how big of a project it would become.

A year and a half later, the final window came down. The windows had been up since the church was built in the 1920s. They were finally all taken down as part of a community wide project to restore them.

Throughout the process, Lloyd had to draw on quite a few people for help.

"Industry individuals, blacks, whites, Catholics, non-catholics, we were able to get the process going," said Lloyd. "It doesn't take much effort to scratch below the surface and you'll see some connections to St. Thomas."

Five generations and three congregations worshiped under those windows.

Built first as St. Thomas Catholic Church, a Baptist church later took it over. To this day, it is owned by the Church of God in Christ.

Years ago, the ceiling partially fell in and the church was heavily damaged by fire. If they did not come out now, the windows, which were made in Munich, Germany, could have been lost forever.

"Once people started realizing that just a little bit could help, they started contacting us on our Facebook page," explained Lloyd.

Once the windows are restored, they will go up in a new Catholic church in Byhalia, Miss.

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