Ten Commandments to again hang in Barrow building

WINDER - The Ten Commandments will once again hang in a Barrow County government building.

In 2005, Barrow County officials were forced to remove a Ten Commandments display from the courthouse's breezeway following a lawsuit initiated by an anonymous resident in 2003.

The Board of Commissioners voted in Tuesday's meeting to accept private donations to purchase a nine piece historical display that includes the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Preamble to the Georgia Constitution, Lady Liberty, The Magna-Carta, The Mayflower Compact, The National Motto and the Star Spangled Banner.

The display will cost $895 and will hang in the county annex building.

"There's no room for it in the courthouse," said Doug Garrison, board of commissioners chairman. "We have $300 in donations and commitments of more."

The county will purchase it from the Hartwell-based group Ten Commandments Georgia which contributed more than $213,000 to Barrow County's fight to keep the Ten Commandments on display.

Last year, the state legislature passed a bill allowing local governments to post copies of the Ten Commandments in courthouses as long as the displays also include the Mayflower Compact and Declaration of Independence.