Pastor’s fight against KKK becomes movie that may aid battle


In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo, reminders of “The Redneck Shop” are still on display on the Echo Theater’s marquee, in Laurens, S.C. The building was used as a meeting place for members of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

(AP) – A pastor in South Carolina wants to make a shrine of reconciliation out of a store that once sold racist merchandise and had a museum to the Ku Klux Klan.

The story of how the Rev. David Kennedy obtained historic theater building that housed The Redneck Shop in Laurens is told in a soon-to-be-released movie called β€œBurden.”

It tells how a former KKK leader sold the building to Kennedy after the pastor fed him and found him a place to live when he fell on hard times.

Now 101 Studios which is releasing the movie is helping to raise money to fix the old theater.

For more information regarding the project and to donate click here.

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