SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Efforts to raise about $200,000 to save a significant structure in Springfield’s black history got a little wiggle room on Monday when a developer extended the deadline on when fundraisers had to collect the money.
Paula Ringer, one of several historians and interested parties trying to save Timmons Temple from the wrecking ball, said she had been told by the developer who bought the land the church sits on that he would extend the deadline. The developer did not say for how long, however, Ringer said.
The building, a stone structure near Silver Springs Park, was built for an African-American congregation during the Jim Crow era and has figured in the history of Springfield’s black community ever since.
Supporters have raised about $70,000 in pledges of cash and in-kind assistance to date, Ringer said, and “we are continuing to push in hopes that bigger donors might step forward,” she said.