Monument planned for victims of violent crimes
by James Phillips
Mar 19, 2012 | 1726 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County District Attorney’s Office is helping lead an effort to place a crime victims monument on the courthouse square in downtown Jasper.

The monument, which would include a fountain and decorative bricks inscribed with the names of victims of violent crimes, would be located outside the Walker County Courthouse. District Attorney Bill Adair recently approached members of the Walker County Commission and the Jasper City Council to ask permission for the project.

“The fountain in front of the courthouse is now inoperable. It is now used as a flower pot,” said Adair at a recent Jasper City Council meeting. “I would like to request that you allow us to put a monument there and get the fountain operational again. This would be something in recognition of victims of violent crime.”

Adair said the bricks would be similar to ones at the veterans monument in front of the Sumiton Community Center.

“We will get a formal drawing and present it to the council and the commission,” Adair said. “This will be something that is no expense to the city, because several victims want to do it out of their own pockets.”

The idea for the monument came up almost a year ago during a victims’ rights dinner, Adair said.

“We had dinner with 20 to 25 families, all victims of crime,” he said. “They were all people who have had family members murdered. That night several of them formed a committee and came up with the idea.”

Adair said the monument will give hope to families as they walk passed it going to trial.

“This is something that I think the city and county will be proud of,” he said. “I want a brick in my father’s name. He wasn’t from here, but that is something we’ve decided. Bricks can be bought for any family member with a connection to Jasper and Walker County.”

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is set for April 22-28. The city and county have already recognized the week, and Adair said his office is planning an event at the Walker County Courthouse for some time during the week.

“We will be making a formal announcement about the monument at that event,” he said.