Following Notre Dame Fire, Destroyed Louisiana Churches Receive $1.3M in Donations

Over $1 million raised for three black Louisiana churches destroyed by arson

Holden Matthews, 21, the son of a deputy sheriff was later arrested and charged in connection to the fires.

Donations that totalled about $300,000 almost a week into the campaign surged to $1.5 million by Wednesday night.

The campaign was started on Wednesday, April 10 by the Seventh District Baptist Association, which includes 54 Baptist churches in southwest Louisiana, including the three that were burned. Thank you to every single person who gave their hard earned cash or retweeted or told their friends about helping the good ppl in Louisiana rebuild their churches. Matthews was arrested a week ago. Days later, the Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas were burned.

Native American Terrell Johnson, a 19-year-old Columbia University student and member of the Assiniboine Tribe, wondered: "Why are we not as anxious about these sites being hurt that are historic to our minority groups, rather than majority groups?" But some donors turned their attention to the lesser-known churches in Louisiana after being urged not to forget about them. With the generous donations pouring in, that timetable could prove realistic.

"My heart is broken over the loss of Notre Dame", Megan Romer tweeted.

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All three fires involved gallons of gasoline and occurred around Opelousas, 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

The statement asserted that the United States would offer 'assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization'. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris'. "That's such a telling commentary on the white American imagination that support for black churches lost to arson surged only in the wake of a historic European cathedral fire".

Browning said federal officials also are considering filing additional federal hate crime and arson charges against Matthews. "Please join me in donating", Ali wrote on Tuesday. 'Privileged stories hold privileged pain-while erasing the pain of the oppressed'.

Varg Vikernes, arguably the most notorious church arsonist associated with black metal, gained notoriety in the 1990s for murdering a former bandmate and setting three churches ablaze, according to the Guardian. Matthews also exchanged text messages with a friend who asked about the fires: "Was that your work?" the fire marshal said.

"Three historically black churches have burned in recent weeks, charring buildings and scattering communities".

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