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Updated: 9/24/2013 4:19 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Back in 2010, a group in Amory was able to buy one of the city's oldest churches thanks to help from the community, donors, and the Create Foundation.

Now three years later, the group wants the building to be used to showcase local creativity; however the church probably would not be standing today without the actions of Mrs. Gloria Herring.

"I had never been in the church til I saw for sale sign out front," said Mrs. Herring.

But it only took one look at the breathe taking stain glass windows inside, she said to convince her she needed to help save the building, now know as The Windows.

"The real estate agent had it and said there were people who wanted to tear it down for the pews and the windows and stuff and I couldn't stand the thought of that," said Mrs. Herring.

After being mesmerized by the beauty and condition of the building, Mrs. Herring spotting something else that blew her away. A picture from back in 1926 of the churches' dedication; however, it wasn't the picture itself the blew her away, it was standing on the back row.

"I was looking at the picture and I saw my momma it," said Mrs. Herring.

Mrs. Herring says that was a sign she needed to move forward in saving the church. But she says she can't take all the credit.

"I've had a lot of help and we've got a good board and a lot of people have made donations and we appreciate it so much," said Mrs. Herring.

Today, the building is used as a venue for various occasions including weddings, banquets, yoga classes and the annual Holiday Market. But Windows event volunteer, Sally Laird, says they want to see "The Windows" utilized more for activities involving the arts.

"Amory doesn't have a lot of visual or performing arts opportunities for the children or for anyone really. And we really want to promote this as a place where musicians can come play, artists can come teach classes... So we really want people to feel like they can use this space." said Laird.

In December, The Windows will serve as the venue for a production of The Nutcracker. Both Volunteers and board members hope more arts productions will follow in the future.

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