- Three historically black churches in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, were intentionally burned down in recent weeks.
- A fundraising effort for rebuilding the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris inspired people to donate funds to the reconstruction of the Louisiana churches.
- A GoFundMe for the churches skyrocketed to more than $US1.9 million after a viral tweet by journalist Yashar Ali inspired thousands of people to donate.
A massive fundraising effort for rebuilding the Notre-Dame Cathedral inspired people to donate nearly $US2 million to rebuild three historically black churches in Louisiana that were intentionally bur=ned down.
As of Sunday, a GoFundMe for the three churches in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette, had raised about $US50,000, but by Thursday morning, the funds had skyrocketed to more than than $US1.9 million.
The intentionally set fires burned St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2 and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on April 4, CNN reported.
Authorities arrested Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a local sheriff’s deputy, in connection to the fires.
As more than $US1 billion was pledged to rebuild the Notre-Dame this week, a viral tweet by journalist Yashar Ali inspired thousands of people, including celebrities and politicians, to donate to the rebuilding effort for the Louisiana churches.
“As we hold Paris in our hearts today, let’s also send some love to our neighbours in Louisiana,” Clinton tweeted Tuesday. All the money raised on GoFundMe will be split between the three churches.
Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, called the donations a “blessing.”
“It’s going to help our community. What the devil meant for bad, God’s going to turn it into something good,” he told CNN.
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- Emmanuel Macron announced plans to rebuild Notre-Dame in 5 years, but it could take much longer
- France no longer has trees tall enough to rebuild Notre-Dame’s roof as it was
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