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Ceremony to Reclaim Dignity and Tolerance at the Charlie Howard Memorial

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BANGOR – The Dignity for All Campaign will hold a ceremony reclaiming the Charlie Howard Memorial as a community symbol of dignity and tolerance, and will honor the community residents who have worked to maintain the monument over many years at 10 a,m, Saturday, May 21, at the Charlie Howard Memorial, near the State St. Bridge in Downtown Bangor.

In July of 1984, Charlie Howard, a 23 year-old man, was thrown off the State Street Bridge to his death by three teens who accosted him because he was openly gay. Twenty-six years later, a small granite monument, funded by community support and unanimously authorized by Bangor City Council, was placed near the Kenduskeag stream where Charlie died. It stands as a symbol of Bangor’s dedication to being a community where hate-crime violence has no place and where everybody’s dignity is respected. This recent act of vandalism, however, reminds us that tolerance is not a fact created by a monument, but a process that needs periodically to be renewed.

For more information, call 947-4203.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Tom Grogan

Telephone Number: (207)951-2873

Website: http://www.pica.ws/dfa/index.htm

Email: tgrogan@pica.ws