New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St Augustine Catholic Church, New Testament Church of Christ, New Life Missionary Baptist Church, and Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Ferguson, Mo., have all been victims of arson over the last two weeks. And all the city can come up with is a $2,000 reward in finding the arsonist.
Capt. Garon Mosby, spokesman for the St. Louis Fire Department, says the most recent fire at Ebenezer only had minor damage, but it’s being added to the growing list of incidents that they’re investigating since Oct. 8.
The Anti-Defamation League condemned the series of fires on Monday.
“While no racial motive has yet been established, the fear and intimidation in the African-American community is substantial and must be validated,” read an Anti-Defamation League news release.
Below is the list and dates of the church fires:
Oct. 8 • Bethel Nondenominational Church, 6380 Lillian Avenue in Jennings, near the St. Louis city limit.
Oct. 10 • New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, 8645 Goodfellow Boulevard in Jennings.
Oct. 14 • St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1371 Hamilton Avenue in St. Louis.
Oct. 15 • New Testament Church of Christ, 5740 Minerva Avenue in St. Louis, less than four blocks from St. Augustine.
Oct. 17 • New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 4569 Plover Avenue in St. Louis.
Oct. 18 • Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1011 Theobald Street in St. Louis
One has to wonder what it’ll take for the federal authorities to take this seriously? Will bodies need to be dragged out of a burning church? It’s obvious these church fires aren’t coincidental.
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