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This Day in Georgia History

August 15, 1962

MLK Inspected Ruins

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspected the ruins of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Lee County, Georgia, shortly after it had been firebombed by arsonists. Four days earlier SNCC volunteers had conducted a voter registration meeting in the church. The Lee County sheriff inspected the ruins and concluded that the church had been struck by lightning. [Contributed by Dr. Lee W. Formwalt] For more, see the Albany Movement and the Civil Rights Digital Library.