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List of black church
fire investigations

Facts on the fires:

Total fires since January 1995: 37
Total fires certified as accidental: 7
Fire cases closed by arrest: 5
Fire investigations still open: 25

June 8, 1996
Web posted at: 12:30 a.m. EDT

The following is a list of open investigations of fires at predominantly black churches since January 1995 as provided by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


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January 13, 1995:
Johnson Grove Baptist, Bells, Tennessee
Macedonia Baptist, Denmark, Tennessee

January 31, 1995:
Mt. Calvery Baptist, Hardeman County, Tennessee

December 22, 1995:
Mt. Zion Baptist, Boligee, Alabama

December 30, 1995:
Salem Baptist, Gibson County, Tennessee Innercity church

January 8, 1996:
Innercity Church, Knoxville, Tennessee

January 11, 1996:
Little Mt. Zion Baptist, Green County, Alabama
Mt. Zoar Baptist, Green County, Alabama

January 26, 1996:
Ohovah AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church, Orrum, North Carolina

February 1, 1996:
Cypress Grove Baptist, E. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
St. Pauls Free Baptist, E. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sweet Home Baptist, E. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Thomas Chapel Benevolent Society, E. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

February 21, 1996
Glorious Church of God, Richmond, Virginia

March 5, 1996
St. Paul AME Church, Hatley, Mississippi

March 20, 1996
New Mt. Zion Baptist, Rulesville, Mississippi Greensboro

March 27, 1996
Gays Hill Baptist, Millen, Georgia

April 11, 1996
St. Charles Baptist, Paincourtville, Louisiana

April 13, 1996
Rosemary Baptist, Barnwell, South Carolina

April 26, 1996
Effingham Baptist, Effingham, South Carolina

May 14, 1996
Mt. Pleasant Baptist, Tigrett, Tennessee Charlotte

May 23, 1996
Mt. Tabor Baptist, Cerro Gordo, North Carolina

May 24, 1996
Pleasant Hill Baptist, Lumberton, North Carolina

June 3, 1996
Rising Star Baptist, Greensboro, Alabama

June 6, 1996
Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian, Charlotte, North Carolina

June 9, 1996
New Lighthouse of Prayer, Greenville, Texas

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