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Cross lighting held to replace those removed from town water tower

Illuminated crosses, that previously appeared on a city owned water tower in Bentonia, were darkened last year following complaints to the ACLU.

Saturday night a switch was flipped turning on a giant cross that again will light the night over the Yazoo county town.

The Christian symbol shines down on Highway 49 in Bentonia.

Gospel singing and prayer were held before the lighting of the cross.

It was placed on an antenna high above private property at W.S. "Red" Hancock Freight Shipping Company, on Pritchard Avenue off the highway.

Several churches and congregations of various denominations raised money for the cross.

The initial cost was $25,000.00.

"We got financial support from of course Bentonia but all over Yazoo county , all across Mississippi. We got donations from Texas. We got donations from Tennessee, from Florida. It got out in the news pretty well for us, so we're excited about that," said Rev. D. J. Speckner of Bentonia Baptist Church.

Bentonia's residents are working with a group called to raise money to place crosses along Highway 49 from Yazoo county to Jackson.

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