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August 20, 1996 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton spent part of his birthday Monday putting up drywall at a Tennessee black church destroyed by a mysterious fire last December. Clinton, clad in work clothing, said the people who have helped rebuild the 124-year-old Salem Missionary Baptist Church in this hamlet of 200 were "showing America what's special about America." The church burnings, he said, reflected a weakness that humanity has for racial and other forms of group conflict. "We must not start down that road," he said.
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August 20, 1996 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton spent part of his birthday Monday putting up drywall at a Tennessee black church destroyed by a mysterious fire last December. Clinton, clad in work clothing, said the people who have helped rebuild the 124-year-old Salem Missionary Baptist Church in this hamlet of 200 were "showing America what's special about America." The church burnings, he said, reflected a weakness that humanity has for racial and other forms of group conflict. "We must not start down that road," he said.
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