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Firefighters fighting blaze at Mount Zion AME Church in Williamsburg, 20 years after it was burned down by KKK

30 Jun

 

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GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — A black church is on fire tonight 20 years after it was burned to the ground by two former members of the KKK.Firefighters in Williamsburg County are battling a fire at Mount Zion AME Church on Mackey Road in Greeleyville, sources say.

Media partner sconfire.com reports the fire burned through the roof. Clarendon, Manning and Kingstree fire departments are all at the scene.

The fire comes about a week after Mount Zion AME was featured in a Los Angeles Times story about the long history of violence against black churches and 20 years after it was burned to the ground by two former members of the KKK.

The first fire happened on June 20, 1995.

President Clinton attended a dedication of the new church on June 12, 1996.

Tuesday’s fire is the seventh black church in the South to catch fire since nine people were shot to death during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

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