Jehovah's Witnesses to hold convention in Arkansas

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee are expected to attend their district convention in Arkansas this month.

The group would be the largest to meet in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in at least nine years. About 45-hundred Jehovah's Witnesses are expected to attend each of three three-day meetings, scheduled to begin on successive Fridays -- June 15th, 22nd and 29th.

The convention will highlight the life of Jesus and calls on attendees to follow his example, according to a fact sheet about the meetings.

Admission to the convention is free. Jehovah's Witnesses also plans to hold a district conference in Pine Bluff next year.

Jehovah's Witnesses is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

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