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Fundraiser aims for bench to honor Ken Jones

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A caregiver for the late gay activist Ken Jones is raising $15,000 via an online fundraiser to have a bench installed and dedicated to him at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The fundraiser has raised $3,710 toward its goal as of the afternoon of January 25. As the Bay Area Reporter reported last January, Jones was a Black man who was key to the desegregation of LGBTQ activism.

Jones was a core volunteer at the Kaposi's Sarcoma Research and Education Foundation, which became the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; created and managed the first hundred-mile AIDS Bike-a-Thon from San Francisco to the Russian River; was the first Black chair of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee; brought visibility to disenfranchised groups as part of Pride's outreach; and served on the citizen review board of the BART Police Department following the BART police killing of Oscar Grant.

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