Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

August 5, 2013

Century-old Danville church vandalized

DANVILLE, Va. — Danville police are investigating the vandalism of a century-old church.

Media outlets report that someone spray-painted an upside-down cross, several other symbols and Latin words that translate to “Hail Satan” in red on the rear outside wall of the Schoolfield Church of the Brethren.

A church member discovered the graffiti Saturday.

The church was founded in 1911 by Marion Prather. The current pastor is his great-great grandson, the Rev. Richard Berkley.

Berkley’s daughter, Branwen Hall, says the church has endured through World Wars I and II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. She says the graffiti isn’t going to change the way members worship.

 

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