AFTER THE BURNING

EACH TOWN HIT BY CHURCH ARSON MUST LOOK INTO ITS OWN SOUL--AND NOW THE COUNTRY IS DOING THE SAME

If any Southern community could be said to have somehow avoided racial strife, Kossuth, Mississippi, might have made the claim. Situated far north of the old plantations in the Delta, the tiny, oak-dotted hamlet (pop. 248) has historically enjoyed a lack of tension between white and black communities. In the 1940s and into the 1950s, children of both races played and ate together, and Kossuth achieved legal integration without the horrible spasms that wrenched most of the South. It was always a point of pride to Linda Lambert, the wife of Kossuth's mayor, that 109 years ago her ancestors donated the...

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