- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression will begin raising money this week to create a mobile version of its First Amendment Monument.

The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1RVrh0t ) the center plans to bring a scaled-down version of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall monument, which features a chalkboard where visitors can write anything they want, to communities around the region and beyond.

The center’s director Josh Wheeler says this “Mobile Monument” will provide more than 400 square feet of chalkboard space on a 20-foot shipping container that has public exhibits inside. The tour is set to begin with the 2015 Lockn’ Music Festival in September.

Wheeler says the purpose is to remind people of the right they often don’t appreciate as much as they should.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com

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