LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The National Baptist Convention, one of the country's largest African-American church groups, finalized the purchase of a property at 8880 Mitchell Lane in southwest Louisville on Tuesday. 

“One of the signs that they are serious and committed to a strong presence here in Louisville is the acquisition of this 56-acre retreat center,” said Simmons College President Dr. Kevin Cosby.

The listed asking price was $599,900.

“I think this is perhaps the largest investment of any African-American organization outside the state of Kentucky has made in our state,” Cosby said.

Last fall, the National Baptist Convention announced it would move its headquarters from Dallas to the campus of Simmons College.

“This is just a harbinger of what we can expect to take place in our city as a result of the connections Simmons College is creating with national organization,” Cosby said.

The retreat includes three ponds and a house with a swimming pool. It will be rehabbed over the coming months.

“Annually, you will have people from around the world who will come here to get away,” Cosby said.

The National Baptist Convention will hold its annual gathering in Louisville in September. 

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