More than 1,000 people sang “Amazing Grace” Saturday on the steps of Bridgeton’s city hall, breaking a record and calling attention to the city’s recent violence.
Last month, Mayor Albert Kelly announced plans to break a Guinness World Record by organizing 1,007 people for a gospel choir performance in honor of the International Day of Non-Violence Oct. 2.
Bridgeton did break the record, as the News of Cumberland County reports, bringing 1,542 people to the choir. Church leaders helped organize the event, which also served as a way to call an end to the city’s violence. Bridgeton had three shootings and two homicides in August.