Thursday, February 14, 2013
Confederate Memorial To Be Constructed In Orange, TX

The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization is building a $50,000 memorial with large columns and 36 different flags from the Confederate States of America. The site will be on the Interstate 10 access road by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Tuesday morning, several black citizens in Orange appeared before the Orange City Council to say they don’t want to see the Confederate flag on the highway named for the civil rights leader.

Granvel Block of Orange is the commander of the statewide SVC group and the Orange camp. He said the memorial will be for educational purposes. For instance, most people don’t know that the confederacy had 36 different flags. At the memorial, each flag with have a name plate and history of the flag. He hopes the memorial will become a tourist attraction for Orange.

He described the memorial as a design to resemble the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., with columns in a circle, but without the dome. The 13 white columns will represent each of the 13 states in the confederacy.

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