Authorities investigating a historically black church burned Tuesday night in Greenville also found "Vote Trump" spraypainted on the side.

The FBI has been notified of the burning of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

“The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed,” said spokesman Brett Carr.

Fire Chief Ruben Brown tells The Associated Press that firefighters found flames and smoke pouring from the sanctuary of the Hopewell M.B Church just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Brown says there was also a political message spray-painted on the side of the church, but would not say what the message said.

An online fund has been established to raise money for the church, telling readers, “Can we help show the world, the country, and most importantly, the churchgoers of Hopewell Baptist that we, as a society, are better than this? Please give.”

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