Fires at Petersburg, Virginia-Ruins of the Colored Baptist Church of Harrison Street
African Americans, religion, violence, race relations
Early in the morning of May 1, 1866, fires damaged several African American churches in Petersburg, including the Sunday school building adjacent to one of them. Many white Virginians feared that the schools would become hotbeds of radical Republicanism.
Harper's Weekly, May 19, 1866, p. 317
Harper and Brothers
May 1, 1866
Library of Virginia
15_1076_003 Pbg church