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Wilm. attorney outraged about the location of a meeting

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington attorney is upset about a decision to hold a meeting at a specific New Hanover County Country Club.

Lawyer Peter Grear appeared on Rhonda Bellamy's radio show Friday morning to discuss the decision to hold a recent New Hanover County Bar Association meeting at the Cape Fear Country Club.

On the show, Grear described the club as "racially exclusive."  He boycotted the meeting earlier this week and sent a letter to the Bar Association's President.

He said having the meeting at that venue was uncalled for.

"I thought it was inappropriate for the Bar Association to engage in an activity at that facility because of the history of racial exclusion," said Grear.

Grear said there are no black members at the country club, with the exception of one honorary member.

After speaking with a board member for Cape Fear Country Club, WECT confirmed that there is one current black member.

"The club does not discriminate," said board member Ryal Tayloe.  "Over the last several years there have been very few black families to actually inquire about memberships."

Grear said he's never applied for a membership and has no plans to do so in the future.

Grear said he plans to meet with the president of the New Hanover County Bar Association sometime next week to resolve the issue.

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