Efforts might pay off in saving historic AME Church in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — Neighbors of Watertown Executive Director Reginald J. Schweitzer Jr. just might be the man to help save the historic Thomas Memorial AME Zion Church on Morrison Street.

The fate of the historic landmark has been uncertain for years. The church, 715 Morrison St., has sat mostly ignored after its last members died, with the building in need of repairs.

Mr. Schweitzer could end up taking over ownership of the property in June.

“I want to preserve it,” he said last week.

Mr. Schweitzer is among a small group of interested people from across the state working to do just that.

One by one, they’ve come together to work on saving the church. Retired SUNY Oswego history professor Judith Wellman, whose business, Historical New York Research Associates, focuses on historic sites, has spearheaded efforts to save it.

Others have since become involved.

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