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$175,000 Raised For Vandalized Black Church

| by Ray Brown

A predominantly black church in Mississippi was set ablaze and vandalized with the message, "Vote Trump" spray painted on the side, but the internet came to the rescue.

The incident occurred on Nov. 1, when the 111-year-old Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, was set on fire, reported CNN. The blaze was quickly put out by firefighters and nobody was injured, but a great deal of damage was done to the church's sanctuary.

An online fundraiser was set-up on GoFundMe.com with the intention of raising $10,000. It didn't take long for that amount to be reached -- the total raised within 24 hours was already beyond $175,000.

“When I ginned up this page before my first meeting at work today, I had no earthly clue it would get so big. Thank you all so much,” the GoFundMe page creator wrote. “Responses have been pouring in from all over the world, and they're truly extraordinary. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, atheists and many more, from all over the United States and many other countries.”

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As for the culprits, police are still looking.

"We will use all resources to determine the cause in this case," said Greenville Police Chief Delando, according to CNN.

The FBI and ATF are also involved in the investigation.

The arson attack on a black church comes just days after a local GOP office in North Carolina was firebombed and then vandalized with the message, "Nazi Republicans leave town or else,” spray painted on the side of the building, reported CBS News.

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After that incident, which occurred Oct. 16, an online fundraiser was started to help repair the damage. It raised more than $13,000, according to Patch.

Sources: CNN, GoFundMe, CBS News, Patch / Photo credit: Angie Quezada/Delta Daily News

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