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String Of Arsons Target Predominantly Black Churches In St. Louis

Fire-damaged rectory doors at the 173-year-old Shrine of St. Joseph church that were damaged by an arsonist are shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in St. Louis. The fire, set early Thursday morning, marks the seventh time in two weeks someone ignited doors outside a place of worship in St. Louis or one of its suburbs, police said. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Fire-damaged rectory doors at the 173-year-old Shrine of St. Joseph church that were damaged by an arsonist are shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in St. Louis. The fire, set early Thursday morning, marks the seventh time in two weeks someone ignited doors outside a place of worship in St. Louis or one of its suburbs, police said. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Seven churches in the St. Louis area have been damaged by fire over the past two weeks, in attacks that authorities say are aimed at predominantly black churches.

Most of the fires have only caused minimal damage, but New Life Missionary Baptist Church was badly damaged. Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with New Life’s pastor, Rev. David Triggs, about how they are coping in the wake of the fires.

Guest

  • Rev. David Triggs, pastor of New Life Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

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