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oni 23 - s in of Members To Dismiss Pastor MACON, Ga....
s in of Members To Dismiss Pastor MACON, Ga. (AP) - Members Members of a Baptist church on the Mercer University campus have voted to dismiss their pastor and two other staff workers who lad pressed for an open-door policy for Negroes. The dismissals, approved 259 :o 189 Sunday, came shortly aft- ;r members of the Tattnall Square Baptist Church forcibly -emoved from the church a Ne- jro student from Ghana who attempted to attend the services. services. Those dismissed were Dr. Thomas J. Holmes, the pastor; the Rev. Douglas Johnson, the associate pastor; and Jack W. Jones, the music director. The membership voted 286 to 109 last summer to remain segregated. segregated. Sam Jerry Oni of Ghana, who three years ago became Mercer's Mercer's first Negro student, attempted attempted to attend services but was removed from the church and turned over to police by ushers. He was held for several minutes but was released after church officials said they had no charges to press. Deacon chairman Jerry E. Rogers said the ushers asked Oni to go to some other church and he refused. The dispute began after a small group of Negroes attending attending summer classes at Mercer visited the church.

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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 40

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