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Historic black church goes up in flames

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 00:52

Investigators are probing a blaze at an African-American church, once burned to the ground by the Ku Klux Klan, amid a recent spate of church fires. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It's the seventh predominately black church to catch fire in recent weeks -- Mount Zion in Greeleyville, South Carolina. The same church that was burned to the ground by the Ku Klux Klan twenty years ago. Then-President Bill Clinton spoke at its dedication ceremony a year later. Officials say it's not immediately clear what caused Tuesday night's fire. But similar incidents across the region are raising alarm, since at least two of the fires at black churches were found to be started deliberately. The blaze at Mount Zion also comes roughly two weeks after a white gunman opened fire on black church-goers in Charleston, killing nine. So far, federal investigators have found no link between the fires, or any connection with the Charleston shootings.

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Historic black church goes up in flames

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 00:52