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The effort to save Rock Hill Church is running out of time.  Some say the historic church built in the mid 1800`s was one of the first places in the St. Louis area to welcome interracial worshipping.

‘We save a lot of things we don`t need to but this is worth saving,’ said Donisha Shackelford, as she walked by the church near McKnight and Manchester.

The property owner has given the city notice to demolish the church so a gas station can be built.  Demolition could begin April 16th.

Chris Musial helped form a citizens group to raise money to move the church to another location.

He`s hoping an angel with deep pockets will answer his group`s prayers.

‘Realizing this might be gone is what keeps us going until the bitter end if that`s what it takes,’ said Musial.

One last minute plan could be a compromise of sorts.  One area winery has expressed interest in having the church demolished then rebuilt on its property.

Musial says that would be better than a complete demolition but feels the point of saving the church is keeping it in Rock Hill.

‘We want to preserve that symbol of integration,’ said Musial.

For more information go to www.savetherockhillchurch.org.