Incident Summary:

1/25/1970: Unknown perpetrators burnt down a building that was a meeting spot for African Americans in West Point, Mississippi, United States. There were no injuries or fatalities. The attack occurred amidst widespread disapproval of school desegregation by the White population of West Point.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


West Point

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Building
Specific Description Building used as a meeting place for African Americans.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Police, at the time suspected, that this attack was linked to dissatisfaction over integration of the schools in West Point, Mississippi but could not conclusively rule out that this incident was criminally motivated.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Miss. City Is Desegregation Trouble Spot," Chicago Daily Defender, January 29, 1970.