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Repurpose Confederate Memorial

$1,095 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 2 months
Created October 30, 2018
I am raising money to buy one (1) month of advertising on a billboard that stands across the road from the newly erected Confederate Memorial of the Wind, a monument built by the Sons of Confederate Veterans on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in Orange, Texas along Interstate 10.

The monument displays Confederate battle flags, including the "Confederate Flag." 

The City of Orange, the local business community, and even a group of local pastors have asked the Sons member who organized the monument's construction, Granvel Block, to consider repurposing the site. But he refuses to engage in dialog. 

Given the demographics of Orange and the legacy of Jim Crow there, it's clear that the conspicuous display of the Confederate Flag doesn't reflect or align with community values. The monument's prominent location (along a major road that leads into town, just a few freeway stops west of the Louisiana border), makes it highly visible to drivers as they arrive in the state heading west. See the photo below, taken this week by an Orange resident.

(Read a recent Houstonia magazine article on the monument here.)

The content of the billboard will include an appeal to local residents and drivers to ask the Sons to repurpose the site. It will also include a link to a blog I've created to document our efforts, RepurposeMemorial.com

My hope is to have the ad up by the end of next week. And I have already contacted the outdoor advertising company that owns the billboard to get the artwork and ad approved. 

Tracie and I have been protesting the memorial since December 2017 and we have no intention of giving up on our cause: to remind the residents of Orange (where Tracie grew up and where her family lives) that it's socially unacceptable to display images like the Confederate Flag in such a conspicuous location and fashion, with no regard for the values and feelings of the greater community.

We cannot thank you enough for your support. We've had so many residents thank us publicly and privately for our protests. We are wholly convinced that we need to speak out on this issue. 

Jeremy Parzen
RepurposeMemorial.com 

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Update 2
Posted by Jeremy Parzen
14 days ago
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In case you hadn't seen it already, this video from our last protest went viral. You can see the billboard you helped to fund in the background. Thanks again!

https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1062484755504119809
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Update 1
Posted by Jeremy Parzen
14 days ago
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In case you hadn't seen it, the billboard you helped fund appeared for a month across the street from the Confederate Memorial of the Wind in Orange, Texas. Thanks again for your support! It meant the world to us and our campaign and I've received scores of messages from supporters in Orange expressing their thanks and solidarity. Thank you. I've attached a copy of the billboard below. And I've also attached a copy of the MLK billboard we plan to post by MLK day and through most of African American History month. We're running a new GoFundMe for that. If you want to contribute, please visit my blog or Facebook and/or send me an email at jparzen@gmail.com and I'll send you the link. Thank you! And happy new year! We're not giving up this fight.
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