Black Churches Impacted by Racially Motivated Arsons Receive Financial Support

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The recent spate of racially motivated church burnings in one Louisiana parish generated an outpouring of concern and financial contributions. The burning of three churches, St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in St. Landry Parish in southern Louisiana sent shock waves through the faith community in the region and garnered the attention of faith partners and Civil Rights advocates.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the effort received a fundraising boost after the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Widely viewed as a national and international symbol of Christendom, some of France’s most prominent families have contributed to the nearly $1 billion pledged to renovate and restore the national treasure to its previous condition, according to CBS News.

Drawing on the momentum generated by the pledges to rebuild Notre Dame, supporters of the Louisiana churches took active efforts…

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