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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Church Burnings

KOSSUTH, Mississippi () -- Two black churches were destroyed by fire late Monday night in this northeast Mississippi community, the latest in a series of blazes at Southern churches.

It was not immediately clear whether arson was involved.

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Central Grove Church were deserted when the fires were reported about 9:30 p.m., said an Alcorn County sheriff's spokeswoman who asked not to be identified.

President Clinton has mobilized federal agencies to help local authorities in investigations of the dozens of fires at black churches in the last 18 months.