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Roadside cross creates controversy in Middleborough

The 12-foot cross has stood for more than 50 years on public land at Route 28 intersection in Middleborough.
The 12-foot cross has stood for more than 50 years on public land at Route 28 intersection in Middleborough.

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The 12-foot-high “WORSHIP” cross that had stood for a half-century near a busy Route 28 intersection in Middleborough became a source of contwhen a Boston attorney drove past it last year and complained to the state Department of Transportation. That agency, along with Plymouth County, town officials recently learned, owns the grassy triangle on which the cross stands.

ACLU attorneys have urged the town to take the Christian symbol down, or at least move it to privately owned land. Officials and others maintain the eracting the cross was a nondenominational effort that hurts no one.

On Oct. 7, voters at a special Town Meeting will be asked to take the small parcel from the state and county, then hand it, and the cross, to the Kiwanis for upkeep.

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