On April 27, 2011, 62 tornadoes ripped through Alabama leaving 272 people dead, 47 Baptist churches destroyed or damaged and 42 counties declared federal disaster areas. The Alabama Baptist carefully chronicled the devastation as well as the outpouring of response. The paper’s coverage won national awards for in-depth reporting.
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One year after the deadly day, The Alabama Baptist released a special issue updating the status of each church damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes and continued for years to update information until every situation was resolved. Gifts from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and Samford University made it possible for copies of the special issue to be provided without cost to each cooperating church in the state convention. The Alabama Baptist file photo