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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to receive event details and updates.

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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Scenes from MLK march and Confederate monument protest: Dispatch from a Repurpose organizer

The following dispatch comes via Repurpose organizer Jeremy Parzen.

Yesterday at 3:00 p.m. sharp, I stood at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and U.S. Interstate 10 with two black women in Orange, Texas. We were the first to gather at a protest of the recently erected Confederate monument there. We were the only ones who had arrived at that point.

A pick-up truck with two men in it pulled up to the light and rolled down the passenger’s window. The driver, a large white man with light facial hair and a baseball cap, motioned for me to approach the truck. He then asked me what we were doing there.

“We are protesting the Confederate monument,” I replied. “We feel it is offensive to the community. We would like for the site to be re-purposed.”

“Get the f— out of here,” he yelled at me menacingly. “Get the f— out of here,” he shouted again, raising his voice even louder with an extremely aggressive tone.

He rolled up the window as he stomped on the gas and sped away.
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