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Memphis civil rights landmark up for sale

It's considered a civil rights landmark and was the place where sanitation workers gathered for their historic march in Memphis, but the historic Clayborn Temple has been vacant for years. It's considered a civil rights landmark and was the place where sanitation workers gathered for their historic march in Memphis, but the historic Clayborn Temple has been vacant for years.

(WMC-TV) - It's considered a civil rights landmark and was the place where sanitation workers gathered for their historic march in Memphis, but the historic Clayborn Temple has been vacant for years.

It's been up for sale for more than a year and now it appears there's about to be a push to purchase the building

"It's been one of those remarkable Downtown buildings that people kind of see at a distance, but don't really understand its significance," said June West, of Memphis Heritage.

West is talking about significant moments like the Memphis Sanitation March of 1968 when sanitation workers gathered at Clayborn Temple before their march Downtown.

Forty-four years later, there's momentum to sell and renovate the building.

"People wanted to do a gospel museum there, a historic museum is obvious because of its value in our history," said West.

The sale price is one million dollars, but the building likely needs between three and four million dollars in repairs and renovations.

There was talk about the City of Memphis getting involved and perhaps buying it or helping a private investor buy it.

However, administrators at City Hall would neither confirm nor deny that claim.

"We are obviously very supportive of anyone who would like to try and restore this building and adaptably reuse it," West said.

Clayborn Temple was built in 1891 as the Second Presbyterian Church and later sold to the African Episcopal Church.

The building on Downtown's Hernando Street has been boarded up, waiting for a new suitor to restore it for years.

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