Over the last couple of weeks, 6 Black churches have been destroyed because of suspicious fires, and 3 have now been declared arson. The fires happened in the wake of the massacre at an AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Southern Poverty Law Center have already said the fires shouldn’t be looked at as a coincidence.
According to the Washington Post, several government agencies, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are involved in investigating the fires.
The College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. was set ablaze on June 22, along with a church van outside of the building. Investigators suspect arson, though WATE reports it is not being investigated as a hate crime.
Other churches set on fire include:
Macon, Ga.’s God’s Power Church of Christ as well as churches in Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee were set on fire last week. But two of those are believed to have been started by lightning or electrical fires, according to the Washington Post.
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