- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi church steeple once again has a golden hand pointing toward heaven.

A crew used cranes Wednesday to hoist a large figure of a hand back to the top of First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson.

“The Hand Pointing To Heaven” is 10 feet, 4 inches (3.1 meters) tall with its index finger extended skyward.

It has been a landmark for more than a century in the small town near the Mississippi River. The hand was removed in June and sent to Virginia to get a fresh layer of gold leaf.

About 100 people watched as it was put back in place.

The hand was last taken down for repairs in 1989 and returned in 1990.


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