Some historic churches that have burned down include the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the Christ the King Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. The Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church burned down due to arson in 2006.
The Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church began its historic ministry in 1912. The church was one of six Baptist churches that arsonists attacked on a single day in 2006 across Mississippi and Alabama. While the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church has a predominantly African-American population, not all of the targeted churches primarily serve African-American worshippers.
Authorities believe that the fire at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Chicago resulted from spontaneous combustion. Fire investigators said that volunteers who worked on staining the church floors failed to store rags properly. The rags contained flammable residue that burned undetected near plastic before eventually setting fire. At the time of the fire, the church was nearly 100 years old.
The Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church burned in 1995 and then again in 2015. Arsonists claiming membership with the Ku Klux Klan were responsible for the church's burning in 1995. Fire investigators did not believe that arsonists started the 2015 fire, speculating that lightning may have been the cause.