GoFundMe Campaign Raises $1M for Black Churches Burned in Louisiana

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2019

By early Wednesday, the total had reached $997,000 of its goal of $1.8 million.

The campaign is titled "Seventh District Baptist Church Fires St Landry" and was launched on April 10th by the Seventh District Baptist Association, a 149-year-old non-profit religious organization. Matthews was arrested a week ago. Pleasant Baptist Church, in Opelousas, La.

"It's a blessing", the Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, said of the money raised. Each was more than 100 years old.

And while the GoFundMe had been up for a few days, it caught steam on Tuesday as Twitter users noted how quiet Trump had been on the attacks while he has been rather forthcoming about his help for rebuilding Notre Dame.

A pretrial hearing in the case was set for July 17, with jury selection scheduled to begin in the trial on September 10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris'.

Three additional charges were lodged against a white man accused of burning down three predominately black churches in southern Louisiana in the past few weeks, local media reported late on Monday. "These churches need your help". Please join me in donating'.

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"Our black churches are as important as Notre Dame", another wrote. 'Privileged stories hold privileged pain-while erasing the pain of the oppressed'.

Within hours of the tragic fire that destroyed much of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, French billionaires pledged hundreds of millions toward rebuilding the worldwide treasure.

"It's overwhelming", Jack said by phone.

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 plight of the churches received renewed attention since the fire at Notre-Dame broke out on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron promising to rebuild the historic cathedral as more than 750 million euros ($845 million) was pledged for the effort in the ensuing 24 hours. Prosecutors filed documents Monday adding three more charges, accusing Matthews of violating Louisiana's hate crime law, a link authorities had previously stopped short of making.

A judge in the USA state added three federal hate crime charges against Holden Matthews, 21, and denied him bond, multiple media accounts reported.

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