Methodist Church Acts Promptly

September 10, 1904

Summary

The Methodist Church calls for the resignation “on every participant in the lynching of Reed and Cato last month to resign membership in the church.”

Transcription

Lynchers Called To Confess
They Must Leave the Church or Express Penitence
Statesboro, Ga., Sept. 7.- The Methodist Episcopal Church has passed resolutions unanimously calling on every participant in the lynching of Reed and Cato last month to resign membership in the church unless “a public confession of wrong be made with expression of penitence and contrition.” The resolutions denounce the burning of the negroes in very strong language, and state that the church wishes to be put on record as unalterably opposed to mob violence, calling it “a shameless violation law.”
The Rev. Whitley Langston , who at the court of inquiry gave names of several participants in the mobbing has been strongly censured by citizens, is upheld and commended in the resolutions for his “Christian conduct.”
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Upper Left Quadrant

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Megan Brooks

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“Methodist Church Acts Promptly,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed July 17, 2019, http://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/664.