Evansville riverfront to be decorated with crosses

Published: Jun. 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM CDT
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Later this Summer, you'll see something interesting along the Evansville Riverfront: dozens of crosses.

The city just recently gave a local church permission to put them up.

This August you'll see about 30 or so decorative crosses along Riverside Drive. They'll be spread out between Court Street and Locust Street, standing at six ft. tall by four ft. wide.

The project came from the cooperation of about eight local churches that include the West Side Christian Church, Dove Chapel and the Cathedral just to name a few.

According to a city ordinance, there can be no signs along a public right of way. Without wording, the crosses can be considered a religious symbol to some and statues to others. Each church will have Vacation Bible Study and kids will decorate the crosses.

West Side Christian Church member Roger Lehman says he hopes the crosses will have a positive impact on the community.

"A lot of things we see today don't really reflect much of that," says Lehman. "There's a lot of stuff going on that's bad news and a lot of things that are discouraging. We thought what could build up the community a little bit?"

The crosses will stay there for 2 weeks from August 4 through August 18.

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