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Multiple armed guards patrol outside New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Jennings during Sunday service. Jan. 12, 2020
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

New Northside Missionary Baptist Church — a predominantly black Jennings church — is a welcoming space on the inside. 

But on the outside, it’s fortified.

Armed security guards monitor the perimeter from the church’s parking lot, while there are several security cameras along the building's exterior.