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Three White Men Get Seven Years for Georgia Church Burning

Sept. 22, 1962 - Three white men were sentenced to seven years in prison today for burning a Negro church (pictured) near Dawson, Georgia, last Monday. Superior Court Judge Walter Geer imposed the sentences on Marvin Milner, 31; Glenn Roland, 55, and his son Melvin, 22, all of the Dawson area. The three pleaded guilty Thursday to burning the I Hope Baptist Church. They told F.B.I. agents they were drinking beer and decided to set fire to the 75-year-old frame church. It burned in the pre-dawn hours Monday, and Federal agents arrested the 3 men and a 16-year-old youth a short time later.


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