The College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville was attacked Monday, God’s Power Church of Christ Georgia on Tuesday, the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in North Carolina, the Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee on Wednesday. On Friday, the Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina also caught fire. The College Heights Baptist Church in Elyria, Ohio, caught fire on Saturday.
Three of the fires were confirmed as having been intentionally set.
As New York Magazine noted in a recent article, “In the past 25 years, dozens of black churches have been burnt down, firebombed, or otherwise vandalized by racists.”
Here’s a partial list of the most recent church arsons prior to last week:
March 26, 1997 — A 23-year-old man is the nation’s first arsonist prosecuted under the federal Church Arson Prevention Act after he burnt down a black church in Henderson, Nevada.
June 30, 1997 — Five white men and women between the ages of 18 and 21 burn down a 21-member church in Little River, Alabama.
January 12, 2004 — Two white men break into a black church in Roanoke, Virginia, and cause $77,000 in damage.
July 11, 2006 — A cross is burnt outside a black church in Richmond, Virginia.
November 4, 2008 — Hours after President Obama’s first inauguration, three white men in Springfield, Massachusetts, doused the partially constructed Macedonia Church of God in Christ in gas and set it ablaze.
December 28, 2010 — A white man attempting to “gain status” with a white-supremacist gang firebombs a black church in Crane, Texas.