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Logan County Vigil Aims to Heal Racial Divide After Torture Incident

October 1, 2007

Big Creek, WV – The Logan County torture incident is opening eyes to the racial divide in the region -– and some local residents are reaching across that divide this week. A candlelight vigil on Tuesday brings together black and white residents of the county. Reggie Jones is with the Logan County Improvement League, one of the groups organizing the vigil.

"We want to bring people together across economic and racial lines, to address this issue in a positive way, and to send support to Miss Williams and her family. We don't want this incident to divide the community any more than what it is. We're working to have open lines of communication, to discuss some deeper issues that this community has with regard to race."

Jones says racism is a chronic issue in West Virginia and around the country, but one that many people are reluctant to talk about. He believes there's a chance to get something positive out of the shocking incident, by getting people to confront issues of race in an open and peaceful way. The vigil takes place tomorrow at 6:00 PM in Big Creek, at the Church of God in the Name of Christ Jesus.



Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV