LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The effort to restore a historic church that served as a beacon of hope for people trying to escape slavery is receiving recognition.

Second Baptist Church, known as the Town Clock Church, received this year's Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration.

The New Albany church was dedicated in 1852, but fell into disrepair. It played a key role in the Underground Railroad with its steeple guiding slaves to a safe place that helped lead them to freedom.

Church members and the community stepped up to raise money for more than $700,000 in repairs. That included re-creating the steeple, which was destroyed by a storm.

"Receiving the Cook Cup award is really overwhelming and humbling, and we are so honored they deemed it -- that we would be the ones who would be the recipient of this magnificent award," said Alice Miles, representative of the organization Friends of Town Clock Church.

Indiana Landmarks hands out the Cook Cup for the transformation of a historic building with the highest quality, that makes an impact on the community. 

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