john kennedyA black church, New Beginnings Baptist Church, is the  owner of a building that was used as a KKK museum, “The Redneck Shop”.

It was a long legal battle. The interesting and also controversial end was ruled by a judge.  According to sources, the ownership of the building was given to Rev. David Kennedy in 1997 by a Klansman who was fighting with others inside the group.  The original ownership included  John Howard, a KKK grand dragon for the Carolinas.  Howard thought he would be able to legally operate his store inside the building for as long as he wanted.

After trying for years to have the property inspected, the Church finally took it to court back in 2008, three years prior to finally being ruled in their favor.

In this regard, Kennedy said that it has been a long time coming. “We knew we had done everything right. … The court knows that we have suffered,” he added. He also said that some of his congregation members are afraid to stand up for racial justice.  Kennedy said to have told them that it was part of their faith to endure.

Spotted @ Your Black World.

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