Donations for burned black churches up after Notre Dame fire

17 April, 2019, 20:18 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Article Image Louisiana Man Facing Hate Crime Charges for 3 Black Church Burnings

Ali noted, "In the past month, three historically black churches in Louisiana were destroyed by a racist arsonist".

The three Louisiana churches - St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church - in St. Landry Parish, a county about 60 miles (97 km) west of Baton Rouge, burned down between March 26 and April 4. It has a goal of $1.8million to be split among the three churches.

The GoFundMe campaign, created by the Seventh District Baptist Association, had raised about $92,000 early Tuesday before a large spike in contributions.

Notre Dame was partially destroyed in the fire [Photo: AP] Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy, was arrested in connection with the United States church fires and faces hate crime charges. Each of the three churches is more than 100 years old and one of them had been remodeled just two years ago.

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 judge set a September trial date.

On Twitter, Mike Pence offered his words of support to Paris and said: 'Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world - and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames.

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Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews - the son of a sheriff's deputy - entered a not guilty plea Monday via video conference from the St. Landry Parish jail, as prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime.

"Our black churches are as important as Notre Dame", another wrote. Please join me in donating'. 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".

During a court appearance on Monday, prosecutors filed new hate crime charges against Matthews in relation to the burning of the three historically-black churches. Both have yet to publicly address the three church fires in Louisiana.

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.

Holden Matthews, the man suspected of starting the fires, faces multiple charges in the case - including three hate crime counts.

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