Hopewell Baptist Church is damaged by fire and graffiti in Greenville

Mississippi church burned, vandalized with 'Vote Trump'

Hopewell Baptist Church is damaged by fire and graffiti in GreenvilleBy Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) – A historic black church in Mississippi was burned and spray-painted with “Vote Trump” and authorities said on Wednesday it was arson and being probed as a hate crime committed one week before the U.S. presidential election. Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. told a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that investigators had determined the fire at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was “intentionally set.” “Samples and evidence have been collected from inside the church and are being analyzed to determine the accelerant or ignition source,” Brown said. “We’re investigating this as a hate crime,” Greenville Police Chief Delando Wilson told a news conference early on Wednesday.

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