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Pastor sleeps in church to protect it after congregations nearby were burned down

Opelousas, Louisiana (CNN)As arson investigators worked to find out who has been setting Louisiana churches ablaze, the Rev. Dwight Brown slept in his church two nights last week, he said Wednesday. "I was afraid my church was going to be targeted. My church is directly between two of the churches," he said. "I wasn't going to sit there and let it burn down. It's 130 years of history. I couldn't take that chance."Brown asked that CNN not divulge the name of his church, for fear that it could become a target, but it sits near two of the three churches that burned in recent weeks in St. Landry Parish, about an hour's drive west of Baton Rouge. Police say three black churches were intentionally torched over a 10-day span: St. Mary Baptist Chur ...