After Notre Dame, support for torched black churches swells

Clay Curtis
April 22, 2019

About a week later, on April 2 and 4, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church caught fire, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office said then.

Hundreds of millions of pounds have been pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old Paris cathedral that was partially destroyed by a fire on Monday.

Matthews, a resident of St Landry Parish, the county where the fires occurred, was previously charged with three counts of arson on religious buildings, officials said. By Wednesday, the GoFundMe campaign skyrocketed to more than $1.8 million and counting - officially reaching the fundraising goal. That quick, generous response from around France and the rest of the world paled in comparison to relief efforts set up for the three Black churches in Louisiana burned down by a suspected white supremacist almost two weeks ago. But some donors turned their attention to the lesser-known churches in Louisiana after being urged not to forget about them.

"My heart is broken over the loss of Notre Dame". The churches had existed and served predominately black congregations for more than a century.

The churches were empty at the time, and no one was injured.

On Tuesday, a GoFundMe page for their rebuilds, set up by the Seventh District Baptist Association, had raised under $100,000.

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He said publicity surrounding all of the fires helped increase awareness of the need in Louisiana. The charges were added to three existing arson charges that were filed last week. "Please join me in donating", Ali wrote on Tuesday.

Noting the history of burnings of black churches in the southern United States, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the episode was "especially painful because it reminds us of a very dark past of intimidation and fear".

'Mike Pence immediately tweeted about the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, ' said user Denizcan James.

But elsewhere in the United States, where three historically Black churches were burned to the ground in 10 days, fundraising efforts to fix and restore the damage to the historic structures there was proving elusive, at best.

'The GOPers tweeting their "sadness" about the tragic fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral never once mentioned their sadness about the 3 historically black churches being burnt down by a White Supremacist who is also the son of a sheriff, ' Ricky Davila.

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