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Ten Commandments in Georgia Courthouse

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ The Dougherty County judicial building will soon display the Ten Commandments and other historical documents after a unanimous vote yesterday by the county commission.

The display features a series of nine wood-framed documents from U-S and Georgia history. It includes the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Georgia Constitution and the words
to the "Star-Spangled Banner.''

Two Albany churches and other residents donated the $900 dollars to buy the display.

Dougherty County is perhaps the state's biggest county to put up one of the displays and it could draw a protest from local American Civil Liberties Union activists. The A-C-L-U has fought displays in other counties.

State lawmakers approved a law last year allowing such displays after a controversy over the posting of the commandments at the Barrow County Courthouse. A federal judge ordered the display be taken down after a court battle.

Joe Carr, a pastor of First Baptist Church in nearby Putney, said "What better place to see these documents displayed than in the places that impact our laws?''


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