Nashville faith leaders to hold prayer vigil calling for peace and unity

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 16:28:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville faith leaders will join Mayor John Cooper for a prayer vigil following this weekend’s destructive protest in downtown.

The mayor’s office said the vigil will be held Tuesday evening on the front lawn of the Metro courthouse. Twelve faith leaders will be part of the event, which calls for peace and unity following Saturday’s “senseless violence and vandalism.”

Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Brenda Haywood will lead the prayer vigil, which will be part of Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting.

The meeting will not be open to the public due to safety concerns, along with social distancing procedures put in place due to COVID-19.

The event will be broadcast live on the Metro Nashville channel and Mayor Cooper's Facebook page.

What started as a peaceful rally Saturday, ended with vandalism and destruction as chaos erupted in the wake of George Floyd's death.