Son of deputy sheriff charged with torching 3 historic black churches in Louisiana

OPELOUSAS, La. — The 21-year-old son of a deputy sheriff was charged in connection with the burning of three predominantly black churches in St. Landry Parish, La., the authorities announced on Thursday.

The arrest of the deputy’s son, Holden Matthews, came about two weeks after the first fire, which evoked the racist imagery of the Jim Crow South and set on edge a Cajun community with a large black population and deep Christian roots.

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