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Lowell (admin)
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Post Number: 35
Registered: 1-2004
Posted From: 69.3.250.98
Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 7:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks to the contributions of SoulfulDetroit fans from around our world, David and I are pleased to announce that a memorial marker for the unmarked grave of Darrell Banks has been funded, paid for and ordered.

When ordering the marker, I was delighted to learn that cemetery policy had changed allowing us to order a more prominent memorial bench, as opposed to a flat ground plaque. Our collections totaled $1311, but I got talked into spending $1500 because they now allow benches instead of just the flat markers and a sale on them was offered. These are 36 x 14 x 4 inch or 1M X .33M X .1M granite slabs and will appear similar to the example below but will be much more striking.

The lady who helped out, Ms. Debbie Rogowski, was very touched by the project and all the wording we need will be there. [She was also amused to identify her handwriting on the green grave plot tag we have on the website.]

DARRELL BANKS

1937-1970

"OPEN THE DOOR TO YOUR HEART"

SOULFULDETROIT.COM/DB

This may be the first grave marker with an internet address, but visitors will be able to copy the address and read about the story of Darrell Banks and how fans created this memorial.

The name will be on the top as well as on the side, as below, and she agreed to throw in floating musical notes similar to how they are on the Dynamics 45 label that yours truly designed for the 45 generously donated by Ron Murphy. She said she would try to have it installed by Memorial Day, the last weekend in May.

I think this should generate some discussion about planning for the proposed July 17 graveside commemoration and perhaps other plans for a get together, driveabout, etc. for that weekend when David, Harry and others[?] will be in the D. I am quite certain we could arrange to meetup up at the Cass Cafe, site of the SoulfulDetroit Night get together.

Here is an example of the bench marker.

example

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Soulaholic (soulaholic)
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Post Number: 156
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.41.40.105
Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 8:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

David:

Did it cost additional dollars to upgrade the marker?

Please let me know, e-mail me.
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SisDetroit (sis)
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Username: sis

Post Number: 161
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.42.211.240
Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 8:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is beautiful. Well done Lowell!
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Ron Murphy (ron_murphy)
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Post Number: 41
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.42.90.140
Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

thanks for the nice report Lowell and the real effort on your part to get this project done...Darrell Banks can now R.I.P.....thanks to everyone that helped give such a wonderful gift,God will return your caring with a blessing for you.
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acooolcat (acooolcat)
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Post Number: 72
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 210.200.105.225
Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 1:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well done Lowell and David, and thanks for keeping everyone informed. I wish I could be there for the commemoration.
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Carl Dixon (carl_dixon)
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 82.44.203.80
Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 4:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lowell and David

Great news about the memorial. I think the bench idea is perfect. The musical note idea even better. I wish I could be there in the July.
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Tony.C. (tonyc)
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Post Number: 23
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 195.93.33.10
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 2:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Looks absolutely superb,well done Dave and Lowell a fitting tribute 2 the great man.

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