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This Day in Georgia History

September 09, 1962

Two Black Churches Burned in Terrell County

Two black churches were burned in the Terrell County community of Sasser, located about 15 miles northwest of Albany. The church buildings had been used for voter registration drives for blacks in Terrell County. Civil rights leaders called on President John F. Kennedy for help in what they described as “a Nazi-like reign of terror” in southwest Georgia. For more, see the Albany Movement and the Civil Rights Digital Library.