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Torched Black churches weigh justice, forgiveness


October 18, 2020

PORT BARRE, La. (AP) — From her front steps, Debra Mallet can see the plot of sandy-colored earth where her church once stood.

It was where her daughter got married and where her husband is buried, a sacred house of memories that, on a rainy spring night in 2019, was reduced to ashes while she slept.

"It was hard, because if I looked outside, I'd see the rubble. If I went to work, I'd see it," Mallet said. She pointed to a well-loved leather Bible that's become more worn since the fire. "That's been my guidance right there."

St. Mary Baptist Church, Mallet's beloved sanctuary, was the fi...

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