No plot in church burnings, say officials

March 1996
Christian Century;3/20/96, Vol. 113 Issue 10, p322
Reports on the lack of evidence to suggest any widespread conspiracy behind the suspicious fires that destroyed black churches across the South. Arrest of a white volunteer firefighter in connection with the burning of the New Liberty Baptist Church in Tyler, Alabama; Increase in the pace of church fires.


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