Racial Message Left on Church Billboard

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - For the second time in four years a Shoals church has been targeted by vandals, leaving behind racial slurs.

This morning’s crime however, was a bit more visible from the road.

New Pisgah AME Church member Wanda Alexander was sitting around drinking a cup of coffee Thursday when she got a frantic knock on her door.

"A lady was standing there just devastated. I could not understand what she was talking about, and she was telling me about what somebody had put on our billboard sign in front of the church," explains Alexander.

There for all to see, someone had re-arranged the welcome message into words of racial divide.

"We hate whites, blacks only" caught many on their morning commute off guard.

The message of racial separation upset Alexander and other members of New Pisgah.

"It is just that people are so full of anger and hatred and I just feel sorry for them. I have compassion for them because they need a change of heart, we don't hate anybody here, and we love everybody."

This is not the first time the church has been targeted by vandals.

In 2008, racial slurs were spray painted on the churches doors.

Police arrested four teenagers just days later for criminal mischief.

"The hate that is in them, they need to release it. This is God's house and God's house is here to heal people,” said Wanda Alexander. “They can come in and get delivered from that hate that they have. We welcome them here, and we also forgive them for what they have done."

As Wanda Alexander takes down the racial message from their billboard, she prays that those who did this will find it in themselves, to stop their hateful ways.

If you have any information that could help authorities catch these vandals, you are urged to call the Shoals Area CrimeStoppers Tipline at 256-386-8685.

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