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SC Black Church on Fire Tonight, 20 Years After Being Burnt Down by KKK

A church in South Carolina is on fire tonight in just the latest incident of a black church burning in the South. Firefighters are currently on the scene at the Mount Zion AME Church:

Yes, Mount Zion AME Church was, somewhat infamously, burned to the ground by the KKK 20 years ago. Bill Clinton spoke at its dedication the following year.

And this is only the latest black church to be set on fire in the South. Six other churches in multiple states burned in just the past week, and some of them are being investigated as arson.

And, of course, there are serious concerns about these fires following events in Charleston, where a shooter went into a black church specifically to target and kill African-Americans.

Update- 11: 18 pm EST: Don Lemon spoke with an AME senior pastor tonight about the fire. You can watch the video below, via CNN:

UPDATE — Wed., July 1, 10:00 a.m.: Investigators say this latest fire does not appear to be a criminal act. Read more here.

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