So, as most of you know, I use a lot of settings from my state of North Carolina when I write. I also change the names up of memorials and townships and businesses – because I don’t have everyone’s permission to use these things and who knows what kind of morass that would be! But, while I changed the name of the local university town to Whitley… and the corresponding school to Whitley University – I had forgotten that I have some of the local memorials and parks included in my writing.
Well, considering the recent rash of memorials-in-question-on-campuses that actually give homage to unsavory types (racists, sexists, and worse) – I thought, since I have to fictionalize this, why not use the names of important people who are marginalized? I began my research for an appropriate namesake for some of the memorials mentioned in the series and found this website.
WAKE COUNTY WORDPRESS – FLIP THE SWITCH / TEENS AWAKE
Now, this site is not being kept up very well, but it has a lot of articles and very good links on it. But this article in particular was useful to me. I wonder how many people know about these unsung heroes of the past?
I think I might start doing this more often.