Donations for burned black churches up after Notre Dame fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A crowdfunding campaign for three African American churches in Louisiana recently gutted by arson has climbed after social media posts urging the public not to forget them amid the focus on the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral.

A Tuesday tweet from Hillary Clinton noted the Paris tragedy in while reminding followers to “also send some love to our neighbors in Louisiana.” Freelance journalist Yashar Ali tweeted that the Notre Dame restoration “will be well funded” and urged support for the Louisiana churches.

The campaign for the Louisiana churches hit $500,000 Tuesday evening, with contributions ranging from $5 to thousands of dollars.

A suspect in custody in connection with the Louisiana blazes faces charges that include hate crimes. The fires happened in and around Opelousas beginning in late March.

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