Tree planted in Lee Park honors people who died from AIDS

Tavern Guild Tree SlopeA new cedar elm tree has been planted in Lee Park to remember Alan Ross. The tree is part of an AIDS memorial that will be dedicated in June.

Ross was a longtime Pride parade organizer, Tavern Guild executive director and community volunteer who died of AIDS in 1995.

Ross also worked several years with the park department to get space for an AIDS memorial in Lee Park, but not until after park management was taken over by the nonprofit Lee Park Conservancy was it approved.

The original tree planted as a memorial died and was removed several years ago. Lee Park Conservancy wanted the space as part of a new landscaping feature that is being installed. Dallas Tavern Guild, which oversees the AIDS memorial, was offered other spaces in the park to install a new memorial.

Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman said they chose a space along the new main Turtle Creek/Lemmon Avenue walkway.

A plaque will be installed at the space and a re-dedication will take place on June 22 at 11 a.m. Doughman said he is lining up speakers and entertainment and inviting city officials and other honored guests.

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