- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids has removed a display of crosses on public property after the American Civil Liberties Union contacted the city.

Pastor Van Covington, who helped start the display four decades ago, discovered the crosses were gone a few weeks ago when he went to pray at the site. The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/1DS06K4 ) the display ended Jan. 27, when city workers snapped the crosses off at their bases.

In 1975, Covington took a first cross down after city officials told him it couldn’t remain. He put up another the following year and added two more crosses when the city didn’t ask him to take it down. The ACLU, however, contacted the city attorney’s office Jan. 20.

ACLU lawyer Miriam Aukerman says the ACLU received a complaint about the crosses.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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