An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms. No one was believed to be inside at the time.
The fire at the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in Greeleyville broke out at a time when federal authorities are investigating conflagrations at several other predominantly black churches – including one Friday at a church near Aiken, South Carolina – but so far the fires don’t appear to be related.
The fires started after a White American walked into an African-American Church and opened fire killing 9 people and leaving others with a message to ‘blacks’.
The fires, though officials say are unrelated, appear to be well targeted to create racial tensions across the US.