- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2006

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With a massive golden cross in her outstretched hand and a tear on her cheek, Lady Liberation looms nine stories over the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.

She bears a remarkable resemblance to New York’s Lady Liberty, but this Memphis replica has a different message.

Her single tear represents despair over America’s separation from Judeo-Christian values, said members of the church who unveiled the $260,000, 72-foot testament last week.

A broken gold chain around her left ankle represents freedom from bondage. Her left arm cradles a stone tablet engraved with the words “The Law of Liberty. James 1:25.”

She stands on a 20-foot pedestal that represents the tomb of Christ, adorned with a white dove representing the Holy Spirit.

“Lady Liberation is a liberating force to the entire city of Memphis,” said Sherrye Donald, a minister at the 12,000-member, predominantly black World Over-comers Outreach Ministries Church. “She helps to remind people that we’re actually living in a free nation.”

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