Final service for church being torn down for Falcons stadium

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ATLANTA, Ga. —

Church-goers gathered Sunday for their final service at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, which will be torn down to make room for the new Falcons stadium already underway.

Members voted in September 2013 to accept the city of Atlanta’s $14. 5 million offer for the property near downtown Atlanta. It sits just a stone's throw away from the current Georgia Dome.

The church just celebrated its 99th Jubilee last Sunday, so its almost reached 100 years. One woman who grew up in the church said it's been an emotional Sunday.

“I was baptized here. My (grandmother) worked in the kitchen. I was just raised here and there are just a lot of memories," said Deborah Simmons.

Sunday’s service ended with a commemorative march out of the historic church.

The congregation plans on moving into a temporary home to hold future services.