The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Fired up

Black church burnings kindle anti-racism resolve and rebuilding efforts

Just as she does every day, Barbara Waldon spent a hot afternoon in late June watching the rebuilding of Salem Baptist Church in Fruitland, Tenn. The church had burned six months before — one of at least 70 such burnings throughout the South since January '95.

Waldon had company that day — a reporter and a cameraman from the Cleveland ABC-TV station, and Alice Irish, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron, Ohio. They made the trip to show what Trinity's $325,000 drive to rebuild two Tennessee churches meant to the members. The other, besides Salem, is Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Tigrett, which burned May 15.

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