church turned away a couple, just a day before their ‘supposed’ wedding
because they are black.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson, from Jackson, Mississippi, had already sent out invitations for their wedding at the predominantly white First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs.
a day before their nuptials, Pastor Stan Weatherford told the couple
some church members were opposed to the wedding, which would have been
the first between a black couple at the church.
There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in
Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor
Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking
that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.
The church congregation had decided no
black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry
her, then they would vote him out the church,’ Charles Wilson said.
|The invitation card|
His wife Te’Andrea added: ‘People were pitching a fit about us being a black couple. I didn’t like it at all because I wasn’t brought up to be
racist. I was brought up to love and care for everybody.’