Black Churches Burned Down By Arsonist Receive More Than $850,000 In Donations After Notre Dame Fire
Nearly $1.3 million has been raised so far to repair all three places of worship.
April 17, 2019 at 11:57 pm
The fire at the Notre Dame de Paris on Monday triggered a slew of fundraising efforts to restore parts of the historic cathedral's structure. However, it also prompted others to pledge money to support the rebuilding of three Black churches set afire.
Blavity previously reported three Black churches in Louisiana were burned down between March 25 and April 6. After an investigation into the crimes, 21-year-old Holden Matthews was handed three hate crime indictments for allegedly setting the places of worship ablaze. Matthews is the son of Louisiana sheriff's deputy Roy Matthews.
As a result, a GoFund Me campaign was created to raise money for the restoration of those churches. Over $1.2 million has been raised out of the $1.8 million goal. However, The New York Times writes at least $850,000 in donations came after several users shared the page across their social media accounts Tuesday.
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Per The Times, several of the famous faces who promoted the campaign include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
"It's a blessing," CNN says Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, remarked of the outpouring of support. "It's going to help our community. What the devil meant for bad, God's going to turn it into something good."
As we hold Paris in our thoughts today, let’s also send some love to our neighbors in Louisiana. Three historically black churches have burned in recent weeks, charring buildings and scattering communities. If you can, contribute to rebuilding funds here: https://t.co/OSteYWzU9v— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 16, 2019