Two historically African-American churches were vandalized in the Belville area before dawn on March 11, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

Vandals smashed windows at two historically African-American churches in the Belville area over the weekend, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports.

Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church, at 10051 Blackwell Road, had glass broken on both front doors, two front windows and a side window. A short distance away, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 10499  Chappell Road SE in Belville, had two glass doors smashed.

Trustees at both churches discovered the damage early Sunday morning.

Blackwell Chapel, which dates back nearly 170 years, had been gutted by a fire in 2010, which many members of the congregation regarded as suspicious. The church was rebuilt in 2013 with help from other area congregations.

Windows had been smashed about a year ago at Providence Missionary Baptist, according to William Yeoman, a church trustee.

Yeoman told reporters that the congregation had already forgiven the vandals.

Anyone with information about the two incidents is urged to contact the sheriff's office at 9100-253-2777.