A Massachusetts church where civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois once attended services will be bought and preserved.

A member of Clinton Church Restoration tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/2f7UGJK ) that it has agreed to buy the Clinton African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Great Barrington from the Northeast Regional Conference of the AME Zion Church. The deal is expected to close in March.

Clinton Church Restoration is a volunteer organization formed just three weeks ago. It is still seeking nonprofit status.

The deteriorating church dates to 1857 but has been closed for several years since the congregation dwindled.

Some residents were concerned it would be sold and torn down, erasing an important piece of local history.

Du Bois was the founder of the NAACP. He grew up in Great Barrington.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com