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Local AME churches worried southern church burnings could happen in Michigan

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Pastor Gerald Cardwell is the spiritual leader at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Flint.

"Over the time since, or even before, the Civil War black churches have been under attack," Cardwell said.

He said he feels the pain of the recent fires that have destroyed several black churches in the south.

“It's really heart breaking that we live in this day and age that in 2015 where we see this kinda thing going on,” Cardwell said.

Quinn Chapel has Genessee County's oldest African American congregation.

Dating back to 1875 some 140 years ago, therefore Cardwell takes exception to the attacks on black churches personally – especially those of the AME faith.

"It so happens to be because of our historical longevity the AME church see to be the focus," Cardwell said.

At one time black churches only had to worry about the security of sound system the drum or an organ, but now the attention is on the entire church.

Byron Moore of Vern Chapel AME believes that the church burnings in the South could happen here.

“No doubt,” Moore said. “We must be aware and diligent and mindful of people that will do anything to make a point and we just pray it doesn't happen here.”

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