People have been joining forces to rebuild the iconic Notre Dame church in Paris, which took a total of 182 years to construct and has become one of the most monumental buildings in the world. Now that black churches in Louisiana are suffering the same fate, Americans have raised nearly $2 million dollars to rebuild their community churches.
After Americans were being thrown hate after showering the Notre Dame Cathedral with donations, they showed that they, too, can help their country by raising donaions for three historically Black churches that were affected by a string of fires that have been increasing.
Launched on April 10 by the Seventh District Baptist Association, the GoFundMe did not get as much attention as they hoped. Prior to the Notre Dame fire, they only received $150,000 in donations. However, after donations started pouring in for the Notre-Dame Cathedral, they also started pouring in for them.
The GoFundMe has seen more then $1.9 million donations, which is a hundred thousand more than their $1.8 million goal. The money will go into building the three churches that were burnt to the ground. They reassured their donors that they were working with the Governor of Louisiana, local leaders, elected officals, and the affected churches and faith organizations to ensure that the funds will go to the right places.
Tourists and Paris-residents alike had no choice but to watch the monumental Notre-Dame Cathedral burn right before their very eyes. The burning, which was caught on hundreds of cameras, quickly went viral on the internet and cable television, with millions watching from all over the world.
The massive blaze engulfed the historic monument, with its roof and spire collapsing. The fire then spread to one of the building's two iconic rectangular towers.
The church's spire dramatically collapsed onto the burning roof as it was consumed with flames and leaned to one side. Residents and tourists were quickly asked to evacuate the area as a safety precaution, and soon after, donations started pouring in to begin rebuilding it.
According to French President Emmanuel Macron, the rebuilding of the cathedral is the destiny of France, and the government is fully committed to it in the next couple of years.
"So with pride, I tell you tonight that we will rebuild this cathedral, all together. It's part of the fate, the destiny of France, and our common project over the coming years. And I am committed to it."