At least five black churches burned overnight this week, and three have been attributed to arson.
Last week's shooting at Charleston's Emanuel AME was perhaps the deadliest attack
on a black church since the 1963 church bombing by the Klan in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four children
. Since then, another specter from America's violent racist history is again rearing its head - setting black churches ablaze.
At least three have been intentionally set on fire in recent days, according to a survey
of news reports compiled by the Daily Kos.
On Monday, someone set fire to College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tennessee, according to local WATE
. The arsonist placed bales of hay outside the church doors and lit them ablaze, fire officials told the station. They also burned the church van.
On Tuesday, God's Power Church of Christ in Georgia was intentionally set on fire, authorities told ABC News
. Electronics and other equipment were also stolen in the early morning fire. Authorities told reporters there is "no evidence" of a hate crime.
On Wednesday, Briar Creek Baptist Church in North Carolina burned in the middle of the night, causing $250,000 in damage, NBC News reports
. Authorities are investigating whether the intentional blaze was a hate crime. It took 75 firefighters to bring it under control.
On Friday, Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church in South Carolina, was virtually destroyed in an overnight blaze, the Aiken Standard reports
. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the FBI has been called in.