Three historically African-American churches that were heavily damaged earlier this year by a serial arsonist have received $2.6 million in donations to rebuild, passing the original fundraising goal by about $800,000.
St. Mary’s Baptist Church of Port Barre, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Opelousas will each get approximately $866,000 for their respective rebuilding efforts, according to Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali on Sunday.
“Folks, we did it!!! Tonight, the pastors of the three historically black Louisiana churches received the funds so many of you donated to help them rebuild,” tweeted Ali, who had encouraged people to donate to the churches.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful!”
Earlier this year, over the span of less than two weeks, the three churches based in St. Landry Parish were targets of an arsonist, causing severe damage to their buildings.
Police eventually arrested a suspect named Holden Matthews, a 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy who had expressed racist and Satanic sentiments on social media and elsewhere.
Notable figures like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promoted the fundraising efforts for the churches around the time that others were raising money to repair Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral following a fire.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski