Posted on November 20, 2022

Tennessee Faith Leaders Denounce White Supremacy Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park

Dulce Torres Guzman, Tennessee Lookout, November 17, 2022

An organization of Tennessee faith leaders from multiple denominations, is denouncing an annual conference of white supremacists at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tenn.

Every year since 2017, the New Century Foundation holds its annual American Renaissance conference at the park. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the New Century Foundation as “a self-styled think tank that promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites — although in hifalutin language that avoids open racial slurs and attempts to portray itself as serious scholarship.”

An open letter signed by more than 300 faith leaders, including 67 Cumberland Presbyterian pastors, denounced not only the ideology espoused at the conference but also the location of it, as the denomination was founded in 1810 near the site of what is now Montgomery Bell.