From Muskegon Chronicle:
John Richardson’s trial and the early days of Beulah Baptist Church offer a glimpse at racism and how area churches offered a sanctuary from racial oppression that still persists to some degree today.
The Muskegon Chronicle said on Dec. 12, 1923
Circuit Judge Vanderwerp today ruled in the trial of John Richardson, a black, that the question of membership in the Ku Klux Klan was a proper one to ask a prospective juror. The point came up when Vernon Nash of Muskegon, a member of the regular jury panel, appealed to the court after he had been asked if he was a member of the Klan.
“Is it necessary to answer the question?” Nash asked the court.
“I feel it is a proper question,” said the court. “Do you desire not to answer it?”
Nash then said that he was not a member of the Klan. Later he was excused by the attorney for the defense.