mourners' bench definition by Webster's New World
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a front row of seats at a revival meeting, for those who are to profess penitence
mourners' bench definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A bench for mourners or repentant sinners placed at the front in a revival meeting: “That night I was escorted to the front row and placed on the mourners' bench with all the other young sinners” (Langston Hughes).