Source: NBC News
Black Churches Burned In Louisiana Raise $1.9 Million After Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
Source: NBC News
The donation will be divided up equally between the three black churches.
Following the fire that took place at the Notre Dame Cathedral, three historically black churches in Louisiana that were recently burned has seen a surge in donations and exceeded their campaign goal.
On April 15, the cathedral caught fire, the damage affecting parts of the historic Paris church. Since then, France's three wealthiest families — LVMH Group, Kering and L'Oreal — have pledged a combined $565 million to help rebuild the cathedral according to CNN.
With the support the cathedral has received, activists, journalists, politicians, and other public figures took to social media to also encourage support of the three churches that were destroyed by arson in Louisiana.
"It is imperative that we show this community and the entire country that these types of acts do not represent who we are," retired NFL player Benjamin Watson tweeted.
\u201cIt is imperative that we show this community and the entire country that these types of acts do not represent who we are. And most importantly as the body of Christ, we suffer along side our brothers and sisters whenever tragedy, persecution or loss happens.\u201d— Benjamin Watson (@Benjamin Watson) 1555169557
A GoFundMe for the three churches — the St. Mary Baptist Church in the community of Port Barre, and Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, all in Louisiana's St. Landry Parish — has been active since April 10. The fundraiser initially sought to raise $600,000 for the churches but the amount was raised to $1.8 million after reassessing the damage.
The GoFundMe has since raised over $1.9 million, with a little over 35,000 people donating in the last seven days. As the fundraiser notes, "100% of all funds raised will be evenly distributed to the three churches affected."