The new Martin Luther King, Jr. monument is now up at the intersection of North Broad St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. After months of fundraising, planning and construction, local organizers have completed their tribute to the Civil Rights leader. Project organizer Delores Chapman assembled a group of friends and community leaders including former County Commissioner John Mayes, Bishop Norris Allen Jr., former Police Chief Elaine Snow, Alva Battey, Jo Ann Dulaney and former City Manager John Bennett. The group began a person-to-person fundraising effort that generated $17,000 for the project.
“The citizens responded beautifully to our project. Everyone we contacted from individuals to businesses all made donations. And that was all person-to-person with some phone calls. There was no organized fundraiser or events at all,” says Chapman. “I believe in a higher power that really helped us for this to happen as quickly as it did.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier in the summer on the small parcel of land given by the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority. Local architect Robert Noble designed the monument that was created by the Rome Monument Company. Background
The Rome Chapter of NARFE (National Association of Active and Retired Federal Civil Service Employees) will meet Oct. 12 at the Landmark Restaurant in Rome from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The monthly luncheon meeting is open to all current federal civil service employees in the Northwest Georgia region who want to learn what NARFE stands for and the organization’s ongoing fight for the rights and benefits of current and retired federal civil service employees. Those qualifying for membership are invited to attend our meetings and transportation for prospective members (living within the Rome area) to attend the meeting may be available, contact Duke Borchardt at 706-232-1986.