Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Design entries chosen

Peace pole to grace park

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — Greater Anderson Promotes Peace has selected three finalists among artists who submitted drawings for a peace pole to be erected in Veterans' Park.

        The selections will be revealed Thursday during a 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Road.

        “The three artists will then produce models of their drawings,” said Barry Riehle, a co-director of Greater Anderson Promotes Peace. “The models will be placed throughout the township, where citizens will vote for the final selection.”

        The idea of the peace pole started after hate literature was distributed in the township.

        The literature appeared twice last year, once in August and again in November. Documents listed the origin of the literature as the World Church of the Creator. They extolled white supremacy, criticized Jews and blacks, and sought memberships.

        The peace pole is to promote racial harmony and to counteract the racist literature, said Louise Lawarre, a co-founder of Greater Anderson Promotes Peace.

        The peace pole will be erected in Veterans Park on Forest Road, near Eight Mile Road.

        “The artistic design on the peace pole will reflect words of peace,” said Mr. Riehle. “It will carry the message of the township on racial harmony.”

        Reginald Butler, a diversity expert with Global Lead Management Consulting in Roselawn, will be the main speaker at the Thursday meeting.


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