Black Church in Savannah, Georgia, Apologizes for Hosting Mayoral Meeting Excluding White Media

The church where a controversial mayoral candidate event took place Wednesday is now responding to the incident.

Bolton Street Baptist Church in Savannah posted on its Facebook page Saturday morning stating: Our church is a bridge building congregation; we do not condone division and exclusion based on race, color, gender, national origin or religious affiliation. We regret any misunderstanding and are instituting new policies to ensure any signs related to future meetings reflect our values and beliefs.

The event took place Wednesday evening with a goal of convincing black voters in Savannah to support just one African American candidate for mayor.

Signs posted on the doors said Black press only. A number of media outlets were kept outside of the church due to the color of their skin. Flyers for the event also read Black Media ONLY! and listed the coordinators as Trigon Group.

Trigon Group lists Clarence Williams as president and lead consultant. The business is not registered right now with the State of Georgia.

Williams is also a reverend at Pilgrim Baptist Church. First, News 3 went to Trigon Group’s listed address on Bull Street. People there say they have never heard of the group.

Then, we went to Pilgrim Baptist Church’s listed address on Hopkins Street. Our GPS took us to a completely different church.

We met up with Reverend Williams who would not give News 3 another address for Pilgrim Baptist Church. On the church’s website, it says services are temporarily held at Greenbriar Children’s Center.

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Source: WJBF