Join us in PROTEST of the Confederate Memorial in Orange, Texas:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
location: Confederate Memorial of the Wind (Google map)
time: 3 p.m. until sundown
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ABOUT THE REPURPOSE MOVEMENT:
The Repurpose movement and blog were founded in December 2017: through protests and lobby efforts, we advocate for the repurposing of the Confederate Memorial in Orange, Texas.
Erected in 2013 at the intersection between Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and Interstate 10 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the monument has been publicly condemned by the City of Orange municipal government:
“The City Council of the City of Orange, Texas,” wrote the authors of a Orange City Council official declaration in April, 2013, “strongly opposes the Confederate Veterans Memorial Park on its current design and location; and urges the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. to consider alternative designs and locations that express the sacrifice made in an appropriate and acceptable manner to all.”
Despite efforts and appeals by local politicians and business and religious leaders, including the city’s offer to purchase the land, the Sons of Confederate Veterans [SVC] have refused to consider any alternatives to this hateful monument.
The city has managed to limit the height of the monument’s flagpoles (thus ensuring it won’t be visible from the interstate) and it has stymied the completion of the site by forcing the SCV to create ample parking, including parking for the disabled. Currently, the SCV doesn’t own enough land around the monument to build the parking spots.
But because the site sits on land privately owned by the SCV, the city cannot force the group to repurpose it.
Please join and support our cause by attending our protests and sharing this page.
“urges the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. to consider alternative designs and locations that express the sacrifice made in an appropriate and acceptable manner to all.” Just what do you suggest ?
Dick, please be a woman/man and reveal your real name. Then we can talk.
what the hells wrong with y’all you’re not not Comanche but demand to disrespect others grandparents if the shoe was on the other foot how would ya feel if they tore down every MLK statue
Rey thanks for being here. Speaking solely for myself, I have no issues with confederate memorials. But confederate flags flying over Martin Luther King Dr and I 10 is not reflective of community attitudes and consensus in Orange. Let’s turn it into a memorial for all veterans, including confederates.
These efforts of removal of Confederate symbols in our Southern landscape do not solve any problems and only contribute to more divisiveness in our society . Are the streets safer when these go away? Is there less crime because a flag or statue was removed? Will there be fewer drug dealers selling poison to our children when these go away?
This monument and the dozens of Battle Flags that have recently been going up along interstates in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and other Southern states is a push back against the “politically correct” hateful socialist movement trying to erase Southern heritage and culture by removing statues and other monuments. Did you really expect the descendants of men who sacrificed their lives and fortunes in a second war of independence to go quietly into the night? This is just the beginning, for every statue that comes down multiple flags will go up.
The Southern heritage movement is growing at a rapid pace thanks to these removal efforts gaining national attention. Groups like the Virginia Flaggers and the Sons of Confederate Veterans saw donations and membership increase greatly in 2017 By protesting and calling for the removal of symbols of the Confederacy , you are only bringing more attention to them and because of it I expect to see more reminders of Southern pride and history.
Major Anderson, thanks for your comment and sharing your insights. I have no issues whatsoever with Confederate Memorials or flags. And I agree with you wholeheartedly that these are valuable reminders of our country’s shared heritage and history. The monument in Orange is an unfortunate and unusual one: because of its conspicuous presence (in part because of the location on Martin Luther King, Jr.), it’s led to a lot of negative media coverage for the city. The city population is more than 40 percent black. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the city consensus is that this particular monument (again because of its location) is offensive to the community there; that it’s bad for business; and it’s led to unwanted negative media coverage of a city that simply doesn’t want it. It’s not reflective of the community and population. The people who envisioned and built the monument have made matters worse but refusing to engage with the community and by acting furtively and secretively. In any case, I commend you for sharing your thoughts here and for engaging with me and those who share my desire to have this site repurposed. If we had more engagement and less secrecy from the Sons, I know we could all understand each other’s motivations much more clearly. Thank you.
The monument will be on private land. Southeast Texas was important to all of Texas from stopping the largest Union invasion of our state that would have killed many Texas civilians and military and put Texas under Union military rule and subjugation. Sabine Pass was saved by Dick Dowling and his Irishmen and saved Texas and Texans. Do, for Texas History and Honor sake …. leave the future monument alone. Lance of Fort Worth and a Orange County Native.