Church Sign on Slavery and Lynching Causes Controversy

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  • INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis pastor said a sign in front of his church with images of a lynching and slaves in chains is meant to remind people of the importance of their voting rights.

    One side of the sign outside Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church features a photo of the 1930 lynching of two black men before a crowd of white people in Marion, Ind. "VOTE!!!" is written about the image, and beneath it: "Is this a reason to vote?"

    Rev. Joy Thorton, who is black, said he has heard few complaints since the sign went up about a week ago.

    "I think there is a sense of complacency about the price that was paid for one of the most precious rights we have, and that is the right to vote," Thornton told WRTV. "That sign serves as a historical reminder."

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