Race Relations

Gavel Named for Slaveholder Replaced with One Recalling Missionary at SBC Meeting

JD Greear, Greear replace Broadus Gavel with Judson Gavel

Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear opened up the two-day Southern Baptist meeting using a different gavel than the one traditionally used. The traditional gavel was named for John A. Broadus, a founding faculty member of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Broadus was a slaveholder and a believer in white superiority. So, instead of using the Broadus Gavel, Greear used the Judson Gavel, named for the first SBC missionary.