Authorities said they would announce significant updates to the case where three churches were burned down within ten days, at a press conference Thursday at 10:00 am (11:00 am ET) at the Sheriff Public Safety Complex of St. Landry Parish Opelousas
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St. The Mary Baptist Church at Port Barre burned on 26 March, followed by the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas on 2 April and two days later the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the same city.
It is believed that the fires were deliberately discontinued, a locally elected official said Tuesday. On March 31, officials investigate a fourth, minor fire in the predominantly white parish church of Vivian United Pentecostal Church (more than 200) miles north of St. Landry. The flame was deliberately set.
The FBI and the Federal Office for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives support the investigation.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will attend the press conference on Thursday morning, his office said.
Once a common event
church fires were a common event in the Jim Crow era and fires in black churches – especially in the South – immediately recall such racist attacks.
"For decades, African American churches have served as a survival center and symbol of hope in the African American community," said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. "As a consequence, these houses of faith were historic Target of Violence. "
Joe Sutton of CNN contributed to this report.