Donate to our GoFundMe to display an MLK billboard over Confederate Memorial

Repurpose Memorial is 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 (see below), a monument built by the Sons of Confederate Veterans on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in Orange, Texas along Interstate 10.

In observance of Martin Luther King Day (January 21, 2019) and African American History Month (February) , the billboard will look down on the memorial, which (as of this posting) includes the Robert E. Lee battle flag, otherwise known as “the Confederate Flag.”

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Artwork for the billboard (above) was created pro bono by an anonymous designer.

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 February 2018 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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Sons of Confederate Veterans begin construction again after more than 12 months of no progress

Above: The Confederate Memorial of the Wind as of Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

From KBMT Channel 12 (Beaumont), August 20, 2018:

ORANGE — Construction crews appear to have returned to the Confederate Memorial of the Wind Monument along Interstate 10 in Orange. It looks like work is underway on a new walkway.

Since the memorial was constructed in 2013, it’s proven controversial.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the group behind the memorial, which is built on private land. A woman from Orange saw crews there this weekend and contacted 12News. She says the memorial is offensive. We agreed to protect her identity because she fears for her safety. “We don’t need that memorial in our town. and I believe it encourages racism,” she said Monday.

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Protest SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note: Due to a forecast of rain, we have changed the date for this weekend’s protest to Sunday, April 8.

Join us in PROTEST of the Confederate Memorial in Orange, Texas (at Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and Interstate 10, north access road):

Sunday, APRIL 8
location: Confederate Memorial of the Wind (Google map)
time: 2-4 p.m.

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PROTEST Saturday, April 7 Sunday, April 8

Please note: Due to a forecast of rain, we have changed the date for this weekend’s protest to Sunday, April 8.

Join us in PROTEST of the Confederate Memorial in Orange, Texas (at Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and Interstate 10, north access road):

Sunday, APRIL 8
location: Confederate Memorial of the Wind (Google map)
time: 2-4 p.m.

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PROTEST the Confederate Memorial of the Wind, Saturday, April 7 Sunday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.

Please note: Due to a forecast of rain, we have changed the date for this weekend’s protest to Sunday, April 8.

Join us in PROTEST of the Confederate Memorial in Orange, Texas (at Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and Interstate 10, north access road):

SATURDAY, APRIL 7
location: Confederate Memorial of the Wind (Google map)
time: 2-4 p.m.

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to receive event details and updates.

Today’s protest cancelled (February 25) due to inclement weather

According to the current weather forecast, there is a 60-80 percent chance of thunderstorms in Orange this afternoon. Due to the inclement weather, the organizers have decided to reschedule today’s protest.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Please stay tuned for updates on our next scheduled protest.

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