Slave Labor Conviction of Minister

New York Times/September 14, 1980

The Federal indictment said that nine members of the church of God and True Holiness, in Durham, NC, had been beaten and kept in slavery by the church’s minister, who allegedly forced them to work in a poultry plant. The minister, the Rev. Robert A. Carr, was indicted in Greensboro, NC last December, along with his daughter, Gloria Cain; her husband, Larry Cain, and a deacon, Jimmy Conyers.

They were accused of nine counts of violating slavery laws and one count of conspiracy to violate the laws.

Mr. Carr and the two Cains are in Federal prisons today after pleading guilty to parts of the indictment. Mr. Conyers is a fugitive and still being sought.

Mr. Carr got 10 years in the Federal Correctional Institution on Terminal Island, California and Mrs. Cain 10 years. Mr. Cain got 5 years in the Florida prison at Tallahassee, Florida. In addition, each were fined $5,000.

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