A front-page story in the February 11-13 issue of the Richmond Free Press, Bottle vs. the Bible, describes tension and conflict between Venable Street’s Shiloh Baptist Church and the ABC store across the street:
“We’ve found drunks sleeping on our porch; there’s those black plastic bags around our property, and vagrancy,” said Clyde Wilson, chairman and treasurer of Shiloh’s trustee board.
“I had an intoxicated man try to steal my pocketbook,” Deaconess Janie Jones said.
“We’re probably the only church in the state … maybe the world … to have a liquor store right across the street,” Deacon Randolph Nelson said. “It’s a slap in the face of God.” […]
“Let’s be realistic … big, little or small … if you’re selling alcohol, that’s a problem; you don’t see (liquor stores near churches) in white neighborhoods.”