GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP)—Authorities say a fire has partially damaged a Black church in Mississippi, and television images show “Vote Trump” spray-painted on an outside wall.
Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi. (Photo/GoFundMe)
Fire Chief Ruben Brown tells The Associated Press that firefighters found flames and smoke pouring from the sanctuary of the Hopewell M.B Church just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
He says the sanctuary sustained heavy damage, while the kitchen and pastor’s office received water and smoke damage. He says investigators don’t know yet if it is a case of arson.
Brown says there was also a political message spray-painted on the side of the church, but would not say what the message said.
“Vote Trump” is clearly visible in images of the church broadcast on television sites.