Archive for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

100 years ago: Baptist church left without Sunday services

December 16, 2009


From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 16, 1909: There was darkness in the Warren Street colored Baptist Church Sunday night. This is one of the largest colored churches in the city and there were no services Sunday. The Rev. B.A. Smith says he did not attempt to occupy the pulpit for fear of inciting a riot among members of the congregation. There is controversy over whether Rev. Smith is the legal head of the church. He refuses to resign and says a majority of the congregation will stand up on his behalf. Two deacons were in police court today to answer charges of a disturbance over this matter. The church has 312 members. . . . Local bankers last night held a banquet and forgot their competition to discuss ways all of them could better serve the community. There seemed to be great fellowship.


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