Mt. Zion AME Is the Seventh Black Church to Go Up In Flames

Mt. Zion AME Is the Seventh Black Church to Go Up In Flames

Officials say the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Published June 30, 2015

Tragedy compounds in South Carolina as more houses of worship go up in flames. The Mt. Zion AME church caught fire on Tuesday night, eyewitnesses are reporting, making it at least the seventh Black church to do so since the massacre at Emanuel AME.

Mt. Zion church in Greeleyville, South Carolina has been heavily damaged, according to sources. The edifice was first burnt down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

It is not clear as yet if the fire was an act of arson and racially motivated, as some of the other church fires are believed to be. 

Like Emanuel AME, the Mt. Zion church has a history. White supremacists set fire to it in 1995, and then Bill Clinton spoke at its re-dedication in 1996, when it was rebuilt. Clinton gave the church a plaque that read, “We must come together as one America to rebuild our churches, restore hope, and show the forces of hatred they cannot win.”

Our thoughts are with the communities in South Carolina who are reckoning with this rash of presumed violence.

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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