1969: Meridian Church Bombings
Obie Clark, a civil rights worker in Meridian, noted that "in 1969, there were twelve black churches in Meridian burned or bombed in a six-month period. And these churches that were burned, most of them didn't have insurance. And those that did have insurance, the insurance had been cancelled. And those that tried couldn't." He added that "the white ministers who came together to try to help raise money to rebuild these churches and help get insurance for those who didn't have it, were run out of town by their own congregations."