Statue auction raises thousands of dollars for elephant sanctuary

Efforts to remove the dark stain that the hanging of Mary the circus elephant in 1916 cast over the Town of Erwin continued this past weekend. On Oct. 21, the fiberglass elephants that had been on display throughout downtown in recent months were auctioned off at The Gathering Place Park.

The auction was a follow-up event to the Elephant Revival that took place last month, a series of events sponsored by RISE Erwin, a community organization, to raise funds for The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. The fiberglass elephants came from the Elephant Parade Organization in Denmark, and each of the eight elephants had a separate artist and local sponsor.

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