Last of 9 burned Alabama churches to be rebuilt


The last of nine rural Alabama churches that were burned by arsonists is slated to be rebuilt starting next month.

Ashby Baptist Church was one of nine that were struck by Birmingham college student arsonists in 2006.

Since then the congregation changed pastors and shuffled proposed building plans but now appears ready to start construction in January on a $1.7 million campus facing Bibb County Highway 139.

The work could conclude a dark chapter in the life of the state's rural churches.

Turmoil at the churches continued even after suspects were arrested in the fires. Several of the churches underwent changes in pastors and infighting over how to use money donated for rebuilding.

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