Bells, statue removed from St. Hedwig's

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TOLEDO (WTVG) -- The bells of St. Hedwig are symbolic.

Removing them from the tower and lowering them to the street is also a sign of the times.

The Catholic church and school both opened in the 1870s.

According to the parish website, it was the first Polish parish in the Toledo area.

The church has already had its consecration removed. Today, demolition crews removed the statue of its patron saint and two bells, which were named after St. Francis and St. Anthony.

Dan Barczak took pictures of the removal of the statue.

It is now a few blocks away on Lagrange Street, behind St. Adalbert's in a fenced-in area of Rise & Shine Academy.

13abc reached out to a spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo. We're still waiting for a reply.