Associated Press Published

Black Church Vandalized in Montgomery


A historic former black church in Montgomery has become the target of vandalism.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that vandals have broken down the doors and busted the windows of the First Baptist Church, which has been empty since July 2012. They’ve also broken antique cups and plates and scattered hymnals and other church materials on the floor.

Bishop Thomas Murray Jr., the church’s pastor, says police have responded to break-ins there at least 10 times. He says he believes squatters have also been staying there.

The congregation moved to an old Episcopal church downtown more than three years ago. The congregation is planning to sell the church and the buyer is still willing to purchase it, but for less money than they had hoped for.