Burning Cross is outside of a predominantly white church in North Carolina, where a black pastor was speaking next week
- The cross is always stationed outside the Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia
- On Wednesday at 7.45 a homeless man reported that he was on fire
- The police are now investigating whether the fire is related to the appearance of Reggie Sadler, a famous black pastor, who will speak on 9 June.
- No one has been arrested, but the authorities continue to investigate
- Last year the police found KKK and the swastika graffiti spray painted in the city
A cross has been set on fire in a predominantly white church in North Carolina where a black pastor would speak next week.
The church has always been stationed outside of Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina, and was draped in greenery and an Easter cloth.
At 7.45 a.m. on Wednesday, a homeless man who had gone to church to pray for his sins & # 39; when he saw it on fire.
This is the cross that was set on fire outside the Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina on Wednesday morning. The church is predominantly white and a black pastor must speak there next week. This is what was left of it, exactly after the fire was extinguished
He called the police and the fire brigade who arrived and extinguished it.
It remains unclear what the motive was, but the pastor of the church noted that it is coming an appearance the week before Pastor Reggie Sadler's arrival.
Sadler is a notorious preacher who has sung with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Drifters and the Platters.
Pastor Kent Crawford said he hoped his appearance had nothing to do with the incident, but the police have so far been unable to exclude it.
It is not clear whether he will still speak. There was no answer in the church on Wednesday.
Pastor Reggie Sadler and his family will appear in the church for a revival next week. It is unclear whether his appearance has anything to do with the cross or whether he still intends to attend
The cross has been in the front yard of the church for years. It was dressed up for Easter but is now ruined
The chief of Gastonia was not available to answer questions about the investigation on Wednesday afternoon.
Gastonia has a population of approximately 71,741 and is 22 miles west of Charlotte.
Last year racist graffiti was found in parts of the city that greeted the KKK and Hitler.
The city has a rich milling history and was the location of one of the largest strikes in American history; The Loray Mill Strike in 1929.
Time reports say that there is & # 39; virulent racism & # 39; was among residents of the city.
Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia has a predominantly white congregation
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