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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Church Burned by KKK 20 Years Ago, Has Been Demolished by Fire Again

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C. is left with four brick walls after a fire took down the roof.  Twenty years ago, this same black church was targeted by the KKK, and again, the members have to relive the nightmare of seeing their church home destroyed.
Preliminary reports indicate the fire at the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville was not intentionally set and was not arson, the source said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly. The fire is still under investigation, the official said.
Greeleyville is about 50 miles north of Charleston, where a pastor and eight members of a historic black church were fatally shot June 17 in what authorities are investigating as a hate crime.
The fire occurred as federal authorities also investigate a series of fires at black churches in several Southern states. So far, there is no indication the fires are related.
Investigators were walking through the debris, taking pictures and examining the remains of the building.
Yellow crime scene tape kept reporters and nearby residents away from the building.

Fire in South Carolina Black Church Investigated

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