Klan must pay $37.8 million in black church arson

July 24, 1998
Ku Klux Klansmen must pay $37.8 million for creating a climate of hate that led to a fire that destroyed a predominantly black church, a jury decided today.
     The verdict went beyond the $25.2 million in damages sought by Macedonia Baptist Church for the June 1995 fire. The jury of nine blacks and three whites deliberated just 45 minutes.
     The verdict includes $300,000 in actual damages and $37.5 million in punitive damages against KKK organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina.