NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Officials in New Albany broke ground Thursday on the Underground Railroad Gardens at Second Baptist Church.

The church at 300 East Main Street -- also known as the Town Clock Church -- played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Its large steeple served as a beacon of hope for slaves seeking freedom.

The gardens will be a scenic spot where people can learn about the history of the church.

"This would have been the path that many of those runaways -- or I should say those who were escaping slavery and running to freedom -- would have walking right up this area," explained Jerry Finn, treasurer for Friends of Town Clock Church. 

There will be a gazebo in the garden, topped with the small dome that was originally on the clock tower. It had to be replaced in 2016 when it was hit by lightning.

Crews hope to start planting in the fall.

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