In the wake of the racist murders of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 16, there have been five arsons of Black churches in the South. There is a long history in America regarding attacks on Black churches.
1. Knoxville, TN — June, 21 — College Hill Seventh Day Adventist was set on fire on June 21. “Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell DeBusk says the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime and the incident appears to be vandalism,” reports Knoxville, TN’s ABC affiliate WATE.
2. Macon, GA — June 23 — God’s Power of Christ Church was set on fire on and authorities are investigating the incident as an arson.
3. Charlotte, NC — June 24 — The Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, a black church in east Charlotte, was burned down and received $250,000 in damages. The church was set one fire in the middle of the night, just before 1 a.m. The fire is being investigated as a hate crime by the FBI.
4. Warrenville, SC — June 26 — Glover Grove Baptist Church was set on fire at 3 a..m. and was burned to the ground. “The FBI and other agencies are investigating the fire that destroyed a predominantly black Aiken County church” reported a local paper.
5. Tallahassee, FL — June 26 — Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church received $700,000 worth of damage in what authorities are investigating as a possible electrical fire. The church is a total loss.