Re-Visioning The Echo
Laurens County has made headlines and even served as inspiration for a recent film after the local Klan Museum and Redneck Shop was turned over African American Civil Rights activists and Baptist Reverend David Kennedy.
Just months ago, New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church launched a GoFundMe Charity campaign with hopes of raising $50,000 to help in the reconstruction of this now dilapidated and abandoned building which still holds painful remnants of its past including scattered Klan recruitment cards, Klan robe order forms tacked on the walls, and a floor-to-ceiling Swastika mural. The campaign saw some success soon after it launched, but recent events have breathed new life and renewed energy into the momentum of the project, and now, it's nearing a milestone as it has exceeded $20,000.
All funds raised will be helping to transform painful memories of the past into a beacon of hope, with the ultimate goal of turning the space into a Community and Diversity Center for those in Laurens County to celebrate diversity and educate the next generation.
You can learn more about the project and contribute to the cause here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/echoproject
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