Donations for burned black churches up after Notre Dame fire

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Holden Matthews, 21, a son of a local police deputy was arrested over the fires and has now been charged with hate crimes.

As a result of the renewed awareness raised over the plight of the three historically black churches, and the message being shared by high profile figures, the churches exceeded their fundraising target in just three days, with more than 34,000 people donating to the cause. As of Tuesday afternoon, the official GoFundMe page created almost a week ago to benefit all three churches hadn't even broken the $250,000 point of a $1.8 million goal.

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. Matthews was arrested a week ago. Each was more than 100 years old. Phone records also placed him near each church at the times of the fires.

"As we hold Paris in our thoughts today, let's also send some love to our neighbors in Louisiana", former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted on Tuesday.

Like with Notre Dame, there were no reported injuries.

"In honor of Notre Dame", donor Mary Seelbach attached to her donation Wednesday.

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"I am not religious, but for the people that are, these churches are important", one person wrote.

Matthews had shown interest in "black metal", an extreme subgenre of heavy metal linked, in some instances, to fires at Christian churches in Norway in the 1990s, Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning said last week. The churches had existed and served predominately black congregations for more than a century.

"It's all working out for the greater good", he said when asked about the connection being made to the Notre Dame fire.

Bishop Talbert Swan said:;This obtuse, gaslighting, doltish, nazi defending, white supremacist, poltroon is tweeting about the #NotreDameCathedralFire, yet has said nothing about a white supremacist burning down 3 Black churches in Louisiana'.

The fire at the Notre Dame de Paris on Monday triggered a slew of fundraising efforts to restore parts of the historic cathedral's structure.

During a court appearance on Monday (April 15), prosecutors filed new hate crime charges against Matthews, while later denying his bond request citing the "substantial amount of evidence" against him.

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