A Tulsa man who built and displayed more than a thousand crosses in his yard is searching for a new place to put the memorial. Each cross represented an Oklahoman who has died of COVID-19.
Toby Gregory started the project after hearing the death count each day on TV. As the count grew higher, more white crosses went up in his midtown Tulsa front yard.
“I saw that number and I realized that it wasn’t meaning anything to me,” said Gregory. “I knew if it wasn’t registering to me it wasn’t registering to anybody.”
Gregory said people from different parts of Green Country came to see the display. He said he eventually ran out of room in his yard. He called it a memorial for the family members who have lost someone to the virus.
“We’re just going to keep going and see how this fills out,” said Gregory. “I don’t really want to be doing it but I feel like I need to.”
Gregory ran out of room in his yard and the display is now gone, but he is hopeful it is not gone for good. He is looking for a new location for the display; one that has more room and can be easier to find for anyone who wants to see it.
He said they have some leads for a new location but nothing is set in stone. Gregory and the people helping with the memorial want it to be in an area that is seen by many people.
Gregory said the goal is to at least have it on display until after the start of the new year.
“I would probably like to leave it up longer if we could and if need be,” said Gregory. “Like I said, this isn’t stopping so I want to continue with it.”
Donations for the project are being accepted to help pay for supplies. Gregory said the money that is left over would be donated to families impacted by COVID-19.
Click Here for the link to the Go Fund Me, called the COVID-19 Remembrance Project.